Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Mar 2013 23:16 UTC
Google This. This is what we need. These are the kind of steps from which we all benefit. Google has just announced the Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge: the company promises not to sue any users, distributors, or developers of open source products based on the patents it owns (unless first attacked).
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by Tony Swash on Thu 28th Mar 2013 23:58 UTC
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As we all know, patents are busy tearing the very fabric of this industry apart.

Rubbish. Patents are an irritant at most, and are very entertaining and enthralling for some tech observers, but they seem to have almost zero impact on anything real in the tech industry. What major innovation, product or service has been seriously impacted by patents, what hasn't happened that would have if there were no patents? How different would the tech world be and in what specific ways if there were no patents?

It seems to me that any outsider looking at the tech industry, and the IP and patent landscape, would come to the conclusion that IP protection and patents are actually very ineffective. Almost no product or innovation does not get copied and emulated. About the only area where the law seem to very effective is around brand names and to a less extent branding. Market a phone that's called an iPhone and you will almost certainly end up being blocked by the law, make a phone that looks just like an iPhone (or a Galaxy S4, or any other handset) and most likely it will go on sale and remain on sale largely unencumbered by legal restraint.

There is way too much hysteria and over excitement around the patent issue, it's boring and and in the real world mostly unimportant. The only people it makes a real difference to are lawyers who get a lot of high paid work from it.

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