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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the thing is, not always, not forever

So you want the monopoly forever now?

there's no such thing as obvious stuff, otherwise it would have existed since the dawn of time - but actually it hasnt, and took some guy (who most likely didnt think he was doing something obvious at the time) to materialize

Total BS! Obvious does not mean that everyone just knows. Obvious had a very specific definition - a person skilled in the art could replicate the invention without prior knowledge of said invention. And "tada!" most of the stuff that is covered by software patents is like that.(And pretty much is a response to most of the rest of your comment)

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