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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RE: Hyperbole
by shmerl on Fri 29th Mar 2013 00:26 UTC in reply to "Hyperbole"
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but they seem to have almost zero impact on anything real in the tech industry

This can seem only to those who really have zero idea about the industry. To pick one example out of many - Jolla is hesitant to enter US market (initially) precisely because of the patent mess or "minefield" in their language. So here you have it - idiotic patentability on software and design affects the industry, i.e. US users not being able to get Jolla devices with warranty after the launch (but only through gray market).

And don't say that you don't know about the problem of patent trolling, because if you don't - what are you doing trying to claim that patents have zero impact on the industry?

Edited 2013-03-29 00:32 UTC

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