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]: Comment by MOS6510
by JAlexoid on Wed 5th Jun 2013 15:04 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
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First get rid of companies with patents and no products. If one doesn't make anything one can't complain of others doing it.

You are aware that organisations like NASA and a lot of universities hold patents on technologies but produce no products, are you?

What should we do? Make sure that they don't get the funds for the work of their staff?

Also get rid of silly patents. Once that are silly, too obvious or prior art.

Talk to any lawyer and he will make sure that any "silly" patent sounds like serious business. The patents seem silly when they start being leveraged against someone. They are rarely silly on paper, when going though the application process.

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