Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Apr 2012 09:11 UTC
Legal "The man who co-founded Apple - the world's most valuable company - in the garage of Steve Jobs' parents, fears the torrent of intellectual property lawsuits being filed by companies such as Apple, Samsung, Google, HTC and Nokia could prevent future entrepreneurs from treading a path to technology fortune." Well, mr Wozniak, you are, technically, still an Apple employee. Shouldn't be too hard for you to get an audience with mr Cook.
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RE[9]: Comment by MOS6510
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 11th Apr 2012 08:40 UTC in reply to "RE[8]: Comment by MOS6510"
Thom_Holwerda
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It's not communist Russia where you can take away rights and property from companies or people just like that. These patent owning companies invested a lot of money. If you just took that away I wouldn't be surprised if a number just left the country as they can't thrust the government anymore.


Except... Patents aren't technically property. They're government imposed monopolies, and in essence, are owned by the government. The US has, in the face of a stagnating industry due to patents, forced patent holders to license their patents (essentially making them void).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wright_brothers_patent_war

Patents had completely stopped the production of airplanes, and the US government stepped in and forced them to license their patents for pocket change.

This can be done again. If Apple, Microsoft, Google, IBM, and Oracle sat down today to agree on a cease fire and eliminate software patents, we'd have a proposed bill by the end of the year, signed into action next year, and exported to the EU a little after that. Heck, they could do it all at once.

This isn't rocket science.

However, these companies don't want to do that. They are actively and purposefully taking part in this system, which makes them unethical and direct threats to the technology industry - quite possibly the biggest threat the industry has ever seen.

Patents stagnated the development of the steam engine, crippling the British economy. Patents stagnated the US airplane industry, leaving the US vulnerable at the onset of WWI. The same will happen to the technology industry if we don't intervene. The end result will be that the next big wave of innovation in tech will come from Asia, and not the west.

Edited 2012-04-11 08:42 UTC

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