>Apparently some of the bigger Incentive offering sites aren't too worried. They claim that this type of patent is un-enforcible due to the broad descriptions used in it.
Yes, but this could break an upstart type of site. Just to hire the lawyer to respond and appear in court. I have only been online(well except for university telnet) since 1995 but I have enjoyed seeing the innovations and the office in the garage type sites and ideas proliferate and expand. I truly think that this(patent of business models) will lead to mega companies totally controlling the internet and small businesses pushed out. At least in the US. I am not sure how a patent law would effect other countries. I mean what happened to building on great ideas? It will stifle any type of ingenuity and creativity. Anyway, I don't know what this will eventually mean for small businesses(I am obviously worried as that is my focus)but it totally bummed me out. I mean Jim might you need to start thinking about getting a patent out there for your referal by email, free advice bulletin boards, and free advice guide to marketing? Pat