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fretinator said: I think the misunderstanding is between the original purpose of Patents (as stated elsewhere), and the actual practice of patents today ... The arguments is whether or not the current practice matches the orginal intent.
As I've said several times, I don't believe the Patent Offices of the world have the resources to keep up with the demand for their services. They seem to have adopted an approach of "let it through and the 'prior art' holders will sue if they feel aggrieved enough".
When I worked for the Australian Patent Office this was most certainly NOT the case but times have changed.
Governments either need to cough-up with the resources or simply get out of the way.
I agree with the general sentiments of this post - it is just ridiculous the way things are today. A company with big pockets (like Apple) can stifle competition by relying on patents (like for a single search function or the shape of a mobile phone) that should NEVER have been issued.
Peter Edited 2012-07-10 05:23 UTC