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[4]: Hyperbole
by Tony Swash on Fri 29th Mar 2013 14:15 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Hyperbole"
Tony Swash
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'hate of Google' really? I bit of cynicism about this patent initiative I grant you but 'hate'? There is nothing factually wrong about the statement that Google is engaged in several legal actions in which it has deployed FRAND standard based patents. That may be a good or bad thing depending on your opinions but it is unquestionably true. Hence my cynicism.

As to your waffle about unknown and hidden damage done to to the tech industry by IP litigation what can one say to vacuous fact free speculation? It's conceivable that IP litigation has done all sorts of hidden damage to the tech industry just as it's conceivable that Elvis is alive and well and in hiding somewhere. But there is not the slightest shred of evidence to support either proposition. There is however the evidence of many large tech companies making mobile devices and several different mobile operating platforms in play in the market, and I cannot for the life of me see any significant feature or technical aspect of any of those devices or operating systems that is present on one but not the others as a result of IP litigation. Sure occasionally some relatively minor feature, such as 'rubber banding' in the UI say, gets restricted by IP litigation but that hardly amounts to much and it certainly is not 'tearing the industry apart'.

I am not saying that IP litigation is not real or that it does not have real world repercussions it's just that it is so often discussed in a such an overblown, hysterical and doom laden way that rational discourse becomes impossible. IP litigation is a bit of problem, but not a very big one and certainly not one that will decide the fate or direction of the industry or of any remotely major aspect of technical innovation.

This patent initiative by Google will grab some headlines but it is utterly trivial and will change nothing. Google has plenty of IP it will ruthlessly defend just like any other company. All companies tend to think that the IP critical to their operation must be defended but that the IP that is only critical to their competitors should not be defended. So what? That's just the way the real world works and as I say the whole IP litigation road show is just trivia.

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