Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 14th May 2011 15:42 UTC
Legal Patent trolls are evil. However, we're used to patent trolls attacking big companies like Microsoft, Google, and Apple, who themselves keep the broken patent system intact - so it's kind of what goes around comes around; schadenfreude if you will. However, what if a patent troll carefully threatens to sue a number of smal-time iOS developers, knowing full well that these small developers cannot fight back due to the iOS developer agreement? What kind of low-point have we hit then?
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RE[3]: Shouldn't it be?
by Alfman on Sat 14th May 2011 21:12 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Shouldn't it be?"
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"A number of Android phones are iPhone rip-offs, yet they only sued Samsung which put a lot of effort in to duplicating the iPhone, including the packaging."

Well then they should be stopped through copyright and trademark infringement or "design patents".

Too many of these patents are notoriously unworthy of patent protection. The USPTO granted monopolies are being used to stifle competition. For software at least, they don't encourage innovation.

It is useless to blame the CEOs, whose job is to maximize shareholder ROI using whatever means possible - even if it hurts society. The blame lies with the inadequate laws and lawmakers who fail to represent the public's interests.

Edited 2011-05-14 21:16 UTC

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