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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Comment by Tractor
by Tractor on Tue 4th Jun 2013 14:46 UTC
Tractor
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It might be a bit too soon to be alarming.
Let's have a look at proposal first, then counter proposals can come up.

Also, note that sometimes, trying to reach several goals simultaneously might be difficult, if not impossible. Such as "protect the poor little guy !" and "let's not accept that a clever guy abuse the protection provided to little guys like himself". Finding the right balance can be a delicate exercise.

Edited 2013-06-04 14:46 UTC

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