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[11]: Comment by kwan_e
by Alfman on Fri 22nd Mar 2013 15:38 UTC in reply to "RE[10]: Comment by kwan_e"
Alfman
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2011-01-28

kwan_e,

"I think the main flaw in your assessment is that you only focus on software patents."

Most of the problems with today's patent system have surfaced in the software field, so it probably makes alot of sense to criticize a new patent system in the context of software. I absolutely don't want to preach to other fields what's best for them, which is why I personally speak in terms of software developers and nobody else.

Maybe each field should be free to decide whether patent benefits are worth the costs or not? One size really doesn't fit all. Just a thought.

Edited 2013-03-22 15:42 UTC

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