Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Mar 2013 23:43 UTC
Legal Countries are starting to get into the patent business; countries like France and South Korea are setting up patent entities to protect domestic companies. "Intellectual Discovery presents itself as a defensive alliance: if a South Korean company finds itself targeted in a lawsuit, for instance, it can access the patents being compiled by Intellectual Discovery to hit back." I support this. If, say, a small Dutch company were to come under unfair patent aggression by bullies like Apple and Microsoft (quite likely these days), I damn well expect my government to protect them from it. If you can't fix the system, work with it. As simple as that.
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RE[2]: Comment by kwan_e
by kwan_e on Thu 21st Mar 2013 10:58 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by kwan_e"
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That would work for the original intention of patents where processes). But these days much of the stuff that is patented are ideas, designs or even just maths. It's a lot harder to have those things kept closed and thus you're practically encouraging companies to continue to patent as they are.

That system isn't intended to work alongside patents, but to supersede them. No more patents, but we still want people to disclose inventions; and I think it will be fairer because the small inventors can be on a more equal playing field.

In fact, you're practically giving them a free pass to sue other companies (ie "X designed a swipe to unlock, Y saw that idea and now we want our research time refunded").

That's not a strong enough claim to sue others even today, but I included an exemption for reverse engineering, which I think covers it. But even if it comes to that, repaying research time is much more fairer than some vague "damages" that can't be proven.

I bet swipe to unlock costs less to develop than whatever silly damages that are claimed from copying it. It would also serve as a way to expose how much an invention is really "novel".

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