Linked by Christian Schaller on Tue 19th Apr 2005 18:26 UTC
Legal We today face the risk of software patents being approved in the EU because not enough parliamentary members will be showing up to vote. Due to this it is important for those of us who oppose software patents to make sure EU parliament members see the damage software patents cause, so they realize it is important to be there to vote providing the needed absolute majority. But sending out a clear message is also important for the process of patent reform in the US and other places who have fallen into the trap of introducing them.
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not just software patents
by rspickles on Tue 19th Apr 2005 19:45 UTC

It's not just software patents that block advancement its – all patents. If the Wright Brothers patents been truly enforced it would have taken more than 30 years to get beyond the Wright Flier and get to the single stick type of control. The inventors of common flying systems (flaps, ailerons, joy stick) used today in all aircraft – first got into the air by “stealing” the Wright Brothers basic wing design and wing warping methods. Fact is the Wright Brothers did not innovate after the basic Wright Flier became operational, that fell to others and they started almost the instant that the Wright Brothers got air born.

Patents were first brought into existence as we know them in the US Constitution in 1789. Before this time Kings would sometimes grant special monopolies to the inventor of some item. This was a time that innovation went at a much slower pace than today. Then giving someone a lock on an idea for a few years did not cause much havoc in the market or delayed other new ideas much as the new ideas were coming at a much slower pace even before the new patents were enforced.

Expanding patents can only lead to more havoc and a slow down of the rates of invention.