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How to fix the patent mess
on Thu 5th Jul 2012 23:07 UTC
Since I want to get this out of my system: here's a set of proposals to fix (okay, replace) the current failing patent system. No lengthy diatribe or introduction, just a raw list.
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RE: Comment by yokem55
Bill Shooter of Bul
on Fri 6th Jul 2012 22:15 UTC in reply to "
RE: Comment by yokem55
Although the math itself cannot be protected, there needs to be a method to protect novel means of deriving a solution.
No, that's still math. The other problem with your example is that it highlights an existing problem with software patents. In order for your video compression to be usefull, you have to have other people implement it. It has to be a standard. Currently the common way to get a codec standardised but also still make money for the inventors is through MPLA. You offer to provide it under FRAND terms. But everyone else and their dog want to attach their patents in with yours to make money off of their inventions too. So now you have 100's of patents in a single codec. Furthermore, it probably infringes on some one else's patent too. So anyone using your codec paying licence fees and everything is likely to be sued by a patent troll.
What's the solution? I don't know. Its tough, and I'm pretty afraid that what we have now might actually be the best case scenario for consumers. Technology is marching on and the patent lawsuits are starting to become just a price of doing business factored into the prices we pay. But then again, the prices we pay aren't that bad, considering everything its capable of.
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