Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Jul 2012 23:08 UTC
Google Apparently, this is a major victory of the patent system. This, this right here, this is what the patent system has come to. This is the destructive effect it's having on this once beautiful industry. Thanks to trolls like Apple and Microsoft, basic, elemental functionality is being removed from devices people already own.
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RE[4]: No.
by Morgan on Thu 5th Jul 2012 12:11 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: No."
Morgan
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2005-06-29

Your bio places you in Texas, so you should already know this by now, but:

Policies set in place by recent past presidents often remain in place under new presidents. This is especially the case with policies that the majority of the public doesn't know or doesn't care about, such as the patent office. If Obama saw an opportunity to gain something by reforming the patent office, he might have done something about it. Given that he seems to be in the pocket of several corporations who stand to gain from an unchanged patent office attitude, I'd say he has zero incentive to make changes.

I would love to see Obama step up and push for patent reform, he could even spin it as a hand up to the small business entrepreneur who wants to move forward with a great idea without the fear of being crushed by a patent suit. But it's an election year, and any policy change right now would be ripped apart by the other side no matter the intention or outcome.

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