Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 27th Aug 2010 22:11 UTC, submitted by lfeagan
Legal Most of us here are not particularly big fans of the concept of patents. Most of us are aware of the significance of patents, we just believe the system has gone out of control and needs a serious kick in the butt. Well, it turns out not even the richest people on this earth are immune to the call of the patent troll. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has filed a massive patent lawsuit, using broad and vague patents to sue just about any big name in the business - from Apple to Google.
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Awesome quote!
by UltraZelda64 on Sat 28th Aug 2010 00:45 UTC
UltraZelda64
Member since:
2006-12-05

"Cry me a river. Let these idiots sue each other straight to hell."

Good one. ;)

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RE: Awesome quote!
by r_a_trip on Sat 28th Aug 2010 12:49 in reply to "Awesome quote!"
r_a_trip Member since:
2005-07-06

The only problem I see with this is that the general populace will foot the bill. Less R&D, less progress, more expenditure on lawsuits and slower progression of the state of the art.

All in all, the patent wars will be very costly, for everybody.

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RE[2]: Awesome quote!
by monodeldiablo on Sun 29th Aug 2010 01:40 in reply to "RE: Awesome quote!"
monodeldiablo Member since:
2005-07-06

Two words: open source.

Patent torpedos only work with the following prerequisites:

a) a single entity to sue
b) a legal framework in which to bring a suit

Because of this, there's nothing keeping a collaborative, distributed, international project from implementing whatever they feel like, completely immune from the threat of lawsuit and dissolution.

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RE[2]: Awesome quote!
by chrish on Mon 30th Aug 2010 13:34 in reply to "RE: Awesome quote!"
chrish Member since:
2005-07-14

Actually, all of the innovation will just move out of the US and into countries that aren't crippled by the software patent system.

You're already starting to see this sort of problem due to outsourcing software development, and the same thing happened with manufacturing in the 70s and 80s.

I keep hoping that this stupidity will torpedo software patents, but companies keep paying up or cross-licensing. And you can't cross-license with a patent troll because they don't actually make anything or do anything useful.

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fantastic.
by sPAZbEAT on Sun 29th Aug 2010 09:42 in reply to "Awesome quote!"
sPAZbEAT Member since:
2009-07-17

i own the patents on hell

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