Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Tue 6th Oct 2009 21:43 UTC, submitted by Moulinneuf
Legal The patent wars rage on. Eolas, a company that before won US$585 million from Microsoft in 2003 in a suit that challenged the use of ActiveX and AJAX, is now after twenty-three separate companies allegedly because their precious patent was spoiled by all of them.
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It's just stupid!
by rramalho on Wed 7th Oct 2009 10:54 UTC
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Patents just stop innovation! Okay, some John Doe got an idea that he never implemented, but applied for a patent on that idea.

Now, he can rest and do nothing more than sue and collect money from others doing, researching and actually creating products! He produces no sh*t, but collects money - now that's a nice way of having money. Do nothing and collect.

Some other issue is the validity of the patent. For how long is it valid? 10 years? 20 years? That's centuries in the software world!! Okay, give them the patent for 6 months, 1 year, and then I'll accept the concept of software patent.

In the way it is, it just hinders innovation. Sorry, you all can bitch and moan, but that's the way it is.

By the way, the USA is not the only country in the world. Most countries don't have Software Patents... ;)

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