Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Jul 2012 00:18 UTC
Legal Judge Richard Posner, who dismissed the lawsuit between Apple and Motorola, posits his solutions to the dysfunctional patent system. "There are a variety of measures that could be taken to alleviate the problems I've described. They include: reducing the patent term for inventors in industries that do not have the peculiar characteristics of pharmaceuticals that I described; instituting a system of compulsory licensing of patented inventions; eliminating court trials including jury trials in patent cases by expanding the authority and procedures of the Patent and Trademark Office to make it the trier of patent cases, subject to limited appellate review in the courts; forbidding patent trolling by requiring the patentee to produce the patented invention within a specified period, or lose the patent; and (what is beginning) provide special training for federal judges who volunteer to preside over patent litigation." I like this guy.
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by JLF65 on Fri 13th Jul 2012 15:53 UTC
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In the end, it's just treating the symptoms of the REAL problem - there are too many lawyers. Lawyers are in the unique position of being able to legally create business for themselves, usually at the expense of the rest of society. Nothing will get better until existing lawyers are vetted, with perhaps 1% left to practice law while all the rest are forced to become productive members of society - say, flipping burgers. Start with the "NPEs" - any lawyer part of an NPE automatically becomes a janitor as their new career.

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