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 galvanash on Fri 29th Mar 2013 00:41 UTC in reply to "Hyperbole"
galvanash
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2006-01-25

Rubbish. Patents are an irritant at most


http://www.teknoids.net/content/patent-trolls-new-study-and-survey


The number of defendants in NPE patent suits doubled from 2009 (approximately 2,700) to 2011 (more than 5,800).

Direct costs of patent assertions by NPEs are costing our national economy more than $29 billion dollars a year, and that tab also doubled from 2009 to 2011.

Much of the burden of this NPE litigation falls on small and medium-sized companies. 82% of the defendants, accounting for 50% of the defenses, had median revenues of less than $12 million a year.


Bolding mine... Yes, nothing but a minor irritant.

Is seems to me your issue is that you are disgusted with the patent system because you feel it rarely protects inventions. I agree - it rarely does... The problem is it costs thousands of companies billions of dollars every year while being almost totally ineffective...

That is the problem. No one wins but the lawyers...

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