Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 8th Oct 2012 09:24 UTC
Legal The failing US patent system is getting ever more mainstream - The New York Times is running a long and details piece on the failings of the system, especially in relation to the technology industry most of us hold so dearly. Most of the stuff in there isn't new to us - but there's two things in the article I want to highlight.
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True up to a point
by TM99 on Mon 8th Oct 2012 13:06 UTC
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2012-08-26

The problem is not the academics per se. Plenty of us are very aware of this problem and not just within the tech industry.

What it comes down to is the corrupt American political system that involves a revolving door of policy makers, business men, lobbyists, and academics who know who butters their toast.

It is not the small developer. It is not the start-up. It is not the small company with a brilliant new idea. It is the monolithic corporations with deep pockets, lawyers in abundance, and the political power to keep this way of being status quo.

Dr. Kegan fancies himself objective and unbiased, yet he is anything but. This recent paper of his is laughable in his attempts to have it both ways just like in his position on patents.
http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2135618

Sometimes there really is 'right way' and what is truly the 'wrong way'. It takes a lot of individuals who are conscious of that to finally make something change.

There will be no change in this patent situation for at least another decade if not more. Political and economic realities in the US will preclude it - sadly.

I definitely agree with everything you state here though Thom. Keep up the good fight!

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