Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 30th Jun 2012 19:34 UTC
Legal Yesterday, we were treated to another preliminary injunction on a product due to patent trolling. Over the past few years, some companies have resorted to patent trolling instead of competing on merit, using frivolous and obvious software and design patents to block competitors - even though this obviously shouldn't be legal. The fact that this is, in fact, legal, is baffling, and up until a few months ago, a regular topic here on OSNews. At some point - I stopped reporting on the matter. The reason for this is simple: I realised that intellectual property law exists outside of regular democratic processes and is, in fact, wholly and utterly totalitarian. What's the point in reporting on something we can't change via legal means?
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RE[2]: copying is anti innovation
by Netfun81 on Mon 2nd Jul 2012 01:51 UTC in reply to "RE: copying is anti innovation"
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If it looks, sounds, and walks like a duck...It must be a duck. There are limitations to how an automobile can be designed due to regulations, roads, fuel economy, etc. The point is a cell phone does not need to look and behave so similar to a competitors popular device as to infringe on their patents. There is no reason a company shouldn't be able to safeguard against these vulture companies and the reason they should be able to apply for patents of unique scope.

If you want an all out open free market, then the cheapest crap will probably win, destroy the innovative company making quality products, and in the end only crap companies are left with subpar products.

I believe in competition but come on at least try to do something innovative with your product instead of just copy something that's popular and try to sell at a discount. Thats the way to the bottom.

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