Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Jun 2013 12:45 UTC
Legal Ah, patents - the never-ending scourge of the technology industry. Whether wielded by companies who don't actually make any products, or large corporations who abuse them because they can't compete in the market place or because they're simply jerks, they do the industry a huge disservice and are simply plain dangerous. According to The Wall Street Journal (circumvention link), president Obama is about to take several executive actions to address patent trolls - which may seem like a good idea, but I am very worried that all this will do is strengthen the positions of notorious patent system abusers such as Apple and Microsoft.
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Exactly correct
by andydread on Tue 4th Jun 2013 12:59 UTC
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The same exact alarm bells went through my mind. Couldn't have said this any better than Thom has written here. Microsoft and Apple are currently the biggest abusesers of software-patents in the tech industry. Something tells me they will be left unscathed and can continue their campaign to use dubious and flimsy software patents to take ownership of other people's code.

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