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[6]: Comment by kwan_e
by kwan_e on Fri 22nd Mar 2013 04:06 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by kwan_e"
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Yes, there's no need for defensive patents, but aren't you still increasing the incentive for smaller players to join the patent system who are currently under the radar? The majority of us don't get any patent royalties today, but we could start submitting patents due to these courtroom-free payouts.

But how much incentive is it really? It still has to get reviewed. And the maximum payout is a lot smaller than the effort to submit any old nonsense. Even in the current system with its minimalist review outright nonsense like perpetual motion machine patents gets rejected.

We WANT smaller players to join. No matter how many smaller players join, I'd think it will still be a lot less than the number of patents that go through for defensive purposes.

I think a big barrier for the flood of useless patents will be the requirement for research costs to be documented. Fraud will be punishable, obviously.

"It would also ease pressure off the courts, because there can be no infringement under the system. The inventor was compensated for their time and energy, and can no longer claim to be damaged by infringement."

It's true this would be a benefit, but I'm still worried that today's expenses of proving patent validity in the courtrooms would have to be pushed up front for each and every patent, which will be even more expensive in total because there are relatively few lawsuits compared to patent applications.

I would say the expenses of having to prove patent validity in the courtroom is precisely a result of not doing a thorough validation in the beginning.

As people like us know, defects found late in the development cycle costs a lot more than if they were identified early in the development cycle. Same thing is happening with the court system, I would say. I bet it's a lot more expensive to have each patent dispute go through the courts for all parties, including the taxpayers, than if a little bit of money is spent in the beginning.

But then, politics is notoriously bad at learning from mistakes that most engineering disciplines have developed strategies for.

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