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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Just look at the following analysis:

Anything is possible with IP companies.

IP licensing addresses a huge market, and according to the World Intellectual Property Organization 2011 report, the annual global IP licensing market has grown from $2.8 billion in 1970 to $180 billion in 2009. That figure should be well above $200 billion by now. There's a lot of IP pirating going on which should diminish in the coming years as patent holders claim their legal rights.

The 232 patent: Method and system for making document objects available to users of a network.

The 974 patent: Framework for managing document objects stored on a network.

The 241 patent: Method for users of a network to provide other users with access to link relationships between documents

The 971 patent: Method for searching document objects on a network.

Edited 2012-10-08 23:57 UTC

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