Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 27th Aug 2010 22:11 UTC, submitted by lfeagan
Legal Most of us here are not particularly big fans of the concept of patents. Most of us are aware of the significance of patents, we just believe the system has gone out of control and needs a serious kick in the butt. Well, it turns out not even the richest people on this earth are immune to the call of the patent troll. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has filed a massive patent lawsuit, using broad and vague patents to sue just about any big name in the business - from Apple to Google.
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Patents Wars
by Praxis on Fri 27th Aug 2010 22:28 UTC
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Is it just me or are we seeing more software patent suits than ever these days? Its been a common saying that everybody is violating everybody elses patents, the patent office will grant pretty much anything that uses words they don't understand. But for a while at least it seemed that everybody was locked into a patent cold war where the patents are the nukes and if everybody actually enforced everything they had a claim to the result would be MAD. But now that has changed and everybody is suing everybody. The is going to get very ugly before people come to their senses and fix the damn patent problem.

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