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[3]: Wait, what???
by Alfman on Tue 4th Jun 2013 18:40 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Wait, what???"
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"The solution is to leave it up to the courts and have a Judge determine the true spirit of the law. If a patent holder is being genuinely abusive, then punitive action can be taken."

What does the "spirit of the law" have to say about somebody independently coming up with an invention? Or using an existing "invention" for compatibility's sake? Or patent holders who deliberately patent every possible permutation of an idea in order to exclude others from the market?

"This is more or less how it works today with Judges doing a pretty good job of tossing out frivolous suits and applying scrutiny to patents."

I'd hope for us to aim for higher standards than what we've got today.

Edited 2013-06-04 18:45 UTC

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