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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RE[2]: Awesome quote!
by chrish on Mon 30th Aug 2010 13:34 UTC in reply to "RE: Awesome quote!"
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Actually, all of the innovation will just move out of the US and into countries that aren't crippled by the software patent system.

You're already starting to see this sort of problem due to outsourcing software development, and the same thing happened with manufacturing in the 70s and 80s.

I keep hoping that this stupidity will torpedo software patents, but companies keep paying up or cross-licensing. And you can't cross-license with a patent troll because they don't actually make anything or do anything useful.

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