Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Jun 2012 21:23 UTC
Legal So, the next venue of patent trolling has just been opened. Apple has patented - quite specifically - the wedge shape of the MacBook Air. Not the general design or impression, no - just the wedge shape. This is interesting, because that wedge shape? Hit prior art in 3.2 seconds: the Vaio x505 from 2004. A wedge-shaped, superthin (for its day) laptop - exactly what Apple's design patent claims the company has invented.
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USA uncompetitive
by project_2501 on Thu 7th Jun 2012 22:25 UTC
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The original point of patent protection was to incentivise innovation. To ultimately make the USA an attractive place for business and economic growth.

What we have now is the patent system abused - allowed to be abused by an incompetent patent office - which is stifling innovation and making the USA increasingly unattractive for businesses.

If this continues at the crazy pace this is - the USA will become unattractive, prhibitive for business. At that point the USA will initiate change but probably not before. It'll be the point when US citizen look beyond their borders and see more innovation, choice and economic activity in other countries which have a more sensible approach to patents. They'll look at their own and and realise that an economy of a few super-patent-laden monopolies is not giving them what they thought they deserved as US citizens.

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