Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 3rd Apr 2014 17:15 UTC

Called the Partnership for American Innovation, the group warned that steps to stop the PAEs could also hurt truly innovative companies.

Companies signing on to the effort so far are Apple Inc., DuPont, Ford Motor Co., General Electric, IBM Corp, Microsoft Corp and Pfizer Inc.


In particular, the group would oppose efforts to make software or biotechnology unpatentable.

Google, Cisco and other supporters of efforts to curb frivolous patent litigation from PAEs, often termed "patent trolls," supported a bill that easily passed the U.S. House of Representatives in December.

Software patents are destructive and hinder innovation. Apple, Microsoft, and the other members are actively lobbying to limit innovation in the technology industry. This, in turn, will harm the American economy, and cost the American people tens of thousands of jobs.

It's easy to sound like a politician.

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I know what the difference is. Yes I noted that there are problems. But there has to be protection too if someone actually has something unique. I also noted that trying to be a patent troll should be illegal.

To me it should be the same as a physical device. The problem with software patents is the people granting the software patents don't seem to know what software is and they are not using the same kind of reasoning behind the patents as physical patents.

One thing that SHOULD be patentable (note for 10 years) is the shape of cars so that you don't have Toyota making the Prius and then Honda coming out with a care that looks too much the same. It was bull**** then and it is still that there should be a "hybrid shape". I the same is true with the physical looks of cell phones and the look and way the OS and software looks on cell phones. Each OS should be obviously unique so that, without seeing a brand you should be able to pick out which company created it.

Copying is laziness.

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