Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Jan 2009 16:10 UTC
Legal There has been a bit of a buzz lately surrounding some indeterminate patent threats going back and forth between Apple and Palm. Palm is about to launch the Pre, which supposedly could infringe on a number of iPhone patents. Both companies have stated that they will defend themselves against any possible patent infringements. Engadget enlisted the help of two patent attornies, and they took a good look at both sides and came up with some interesting results: while Palm could be infringing on Apple's patents, Apple sure as water is also infringing on a number of Palm patents. Still, that doesn't have to mean anything.
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Why are patients granted?
by mweichert on Fri 30th Jan 2009 00:12 UTC
mweichert
Member since:
2006-03-23

I cannot understand the purpose of patents. I can understand the idea behind copyright infringement.

Can someone give me an good example in which patents have a good merit?

Because as far I can see, they should never have been granted in the first place. I'm not trying to be ignorant, but I'm having a hard time understanding their use-case.

Thanks,
Mike

Edited 2009-01-30 00:13 UTC

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RE: Why are patients granted?
by waffer on Fri 30th Jan 2009 00:37 in reply to "Why are patients granted?"
waffer Member since:
2009-01-30

Patients are very useful. Imagine you are a drug company and you spend $200 million developing a drug. You put it on the market with no patent and 15 other companies copy your formula. Now you have other people getting rich of off your huge investment and you see no return. Now, you decide not to develop drugs anymore because anyone can just copy your formula. No new drugs are developed ever again.

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capricorn_tm Member since:
2005-12-31

Patients are very useful. Imagine you are a drug company and you spend $200 million developing a drug. You put it on the market with no patent and 15 other companies copy your formula. Now you have other people getting rich of off your huge investment and you see no return. Now, you decide not to develop drugs anymore because anyone can just copy your formula. No new drugs are developed ever again.


Mate, as much I appreciate it that you try to put it that simple for the sake of explaining this complex task, what you said is plainly WRONG.

In Europe we have a system of brevets and nobody can steal your things in any way, patents do not work like that.

Patents do work in the following way, I have an idea, I write it down, I get it patented and from that moment on NOBODY can use it unless paying me royalty.

Mind me, you never did any R&D, you can have a patent simply on the idea, you do not have to have done anything but having the idea and, if you are granted the patent, you will be able to sow the fruit of SOMEONE ELSE doing the R&D for you.

This is what a patent is about and it is THE cart of bullshit.

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