Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 10th Mar 2010 23:58 UTC
In the News If you thought the growing criticism directed at the United States Patent and Trademark Office would force them to rethink their strategies in granting patents, you're most likely wrong. After a re-examination that took more than four years, the USPTO has reconfirmed Amazon's ominous one-click patent.
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RE: A system like that cannot last
by Dano on Fri 12th Mar 2010 12:44 UTC in reply to "A system like that cannot last"
Dano
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2006-01-22

>>Allowing patents like that shows that either the USPTO people are incompetent idiots who should be fired, or that the whole US patent system - and the related other systems that have supported and made it possible - are a deeply corrupt and dishonest mess that cannot stand long as they are now.

Both are true. I run a business and we have a lot of ideas. People always say to us, "wow that's a good idea, do you have a patent on that". The answer is always the same...NO. There are two real problems with patents. ONE, your design or idea is completely documented for everyone to see so they know how your idea works completely which means that TWO your idea is completely defenseless unless you have to cash to sue everyone that copies your ideas and keep them in courts long enough to win the case without running out of cash. I mean if you need to spend all of your gains just to defend your idea, what the hell good is a patent? I just gives competitors a leg up on you. There is no (government subsidized?) enforcement of the patent so you are really getting nothing more than the right to sue and justify your win. I have friends with patents, they just gave up their cases because it cost them way more to defend their patent against multiple competitors than to let it go. I am sure that most patents people have are this way. "Inventors" never look at the true costs of patenting something...they think once it's accepted they are good to go. I believe these "patent-your-ideas" companies perpetuate this belief.

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irbis Member since:
2005-07-08

your idea is completely defenseless unless you have to cash to sue everyone that copies your ideas and keep them in courts long enough to win the case without running out of cash. I mean if you need to spend all of your gains just to defend your idea, what the hell good is a patent?

An important point of view. I would vote your comment up, if I could.

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