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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RE: Exactly correct
by hallambaker on Tue 4th Jun 2013 13:47 UTC in reply to "Exactly correct"
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I think he is way off there.

One of the biggest problems with the Patent Office melt down is that their incompetence in the 1990s forced everyone to apply for patents and acquire patent licenses to protect their own positions.

Microsoft did go out and aggressively force anyone who started building their own portfolio of defensive IP to cross license. But their volume is so much larger than everyone else they ended up making net payments in all the cases I have heard of. They are spending several billion dollars a year to protect themselves against the risk that one of those projects craters and they end up with a patent lawsuit or a SCO type situation.

Apple is a different matter. I think the attack on Atari GEM was dreadful, especially as everyone knew that Apple had stolen the ideas from Xerox. The attack on Google is more of the same. But now that Google has the Motorola patents there is a stalemate.

There is a big risk that the big corporations will use the threat of patent litigation to establish a cartel. But so far we haven't seen that realized in the software space.

I certainly can't see how any of the changes proposed put a legitimate patent holder/licensor at a disadvantage.

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