Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Jul 2011 23:52 UTC
Legal "App developers are withdrawing their products for sale from the US versions of Apple's App Store and Google's Android Market for fear of being sued by companies which own software patents - just as a Mumbai-based company has made a wide-ranging claim against Microsoft, Apple, Google, Yahoo and a number of other companies over Twitter-style feeds, for which it claims it has applied for a patent."
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Good riddance!
by danieldk on Sat 16th Jul 2011 12:36 UTC
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As a years-long reader and software developer, I can only encourage Thom's activism on software patents. They imperialize what are mathematical truths, what is trivial, and what is common-sense. As an additional problem, small companies and individual developers can hardly defend themselves due to the costs associated with registering a patent, and trolls to which you can not defend unless you have deep pockets.

Software patents stifle innovation, and are mostly used as a system of tech giants to shut down innovative new competitors, and as a means of trolls to get money.

The situation is getting worse and worse (at least in the US). Hopefully, it will be possible to end software patents sometime soon in Europe. However, it will become harder by the day, since the investments also become bigger.

However, I like the suggestion made by another commenter to make something like '' (which is reserved) which is focused on patents, and aggregate the headlines to OSNews in some fashion.

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