Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Apr 2013 13:00 UTC
Legal Joel Spolsky is ramping up the fight against patent trolls, the scourge of small companies and startups trying to advance technology in new and interesting ways. Sadly, while Spolsky is right on the money on everything, and even though the fight has to start somewhere, I think he - and others - are doing the industry a huge disservice by focussing entirely on pure patent trolls, without actually addressing the other side of the coin: medium and large business engaging in the same patent troll behaviour.
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by Gone fishing on Thu 4th Apr 2013 04:31 UTC
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Focusing on the little guys first could indeed be a good start - but we're going to need more. A lot more.

As pointed out in the article patient trolling by Non-practicing Entities is an unethical protection racket and the companies involved gangsters. Make this practice illegal and the argument for allowing companies that have division devoted to patent trolling becomes unsustainable. Legitimate companies are not allowed to engage in practices that are illegal and mafia like, once patent trolling is legally defined as illegal and using IP in this way illegitimate, then large companies will also lose the ability to behave in this way.

The thin end of the wedge.

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