Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st Sep 2010 14:26 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Legal Well, this is kind of funny. Steve Wozniak, still an Apple employee, has defended Paul Allen and patent trolls in general. "I'm not at all against the idea of patent trolls cause I've had friends who just got forced into bankruptcy by bigger people who had more money and could have a lawsuit against them, forced them to be their own lawyers, and in the end, sometimes they're victorious. But it's a real hard way to do it. So if you're going to have a patent and say 'It's worth some money, I'll sell it', well, even if Paul Allen makes a fortune off of it, I think he had the insights to recognize which patents were valuable." Apple is one of the companies Allen is suing.
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Patens are for IBM...
by lordepox on Thu 2nd Sep 2010 20:04 UTC
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I agree with the statement that patents are NOT for small time individuals and companies. Over the years as a student I have invented a few gadgets and software, but when looking into a patent for such things I just gave up. A patent "application" costs over a thousand dollars, and a patent search can cost tens of thousands. This is how MIT, Stanford, and big companies get their patents, enslaved interns and doctoral students. I might be able to revolutionize the world in 2 lines of code, but I'm eating ramen definitely don't have the money for a patent lawyer!

The patent system needs to change. It's lost the vision of why it was started. All it does is protect big companies with deep pockets n

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