Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 12th Mar 2012 19:04 UTC
Legal "Patent monopolies prevent innovation. It is a system that works against innovations, to protect the current corporations against competition from aggressive, innovative, and competitive upstarts. It allows the big corporations to crush competitive upstarts in the courtroom, rather than having to compete with their products and services." ...which happens to be exactly why the old boys' club of computer technology (Apple, Microsoft, Oracle, IBM) wants to keep it this way. This is not a system for the people, it's a system for huge corporations.
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A first hand experience
by TADS on Mon 12th Mar 2012 19:51 UTC
TADS
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2010-11-01

Here's a software engineer's first hand experience dealing with software patents:

http://ploum.net/post/working-with-patents

It's not pretty, and this is a European scenario, I can only imagine what level the insanity must reach in the US.

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