Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Oct 2010 18:02 UTC, submitted by viator
Legal If you can't compete, litigate. This train of thought has been quite prevalent among major technology companies as of late, most notably by Apple and Microsoft, who both cannot compete with Android on merit, so they have to resort to patent lawsuits and FUD. Both Asustek and Acer have revealed that Microsoft plans to impose royalty fees upon the two Taiwanese hardware makers to prevent them from shipping Android and/or Chrome OS devices.
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RE[5]: Comment by rubberneck
by tomcat on Thu 28th Oct 2010 21:30 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by rubberneck"
tomcat
Member since:
2006-01-06

Software didn't exist then, and patents on 'processes' didn't exist until the 1960s. History fail.


That's beside the point. Patents protect inventions. Whether those ideas are manifested in software or physical atoms is irrelevant.

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RE[6]: Comment by rubberneck
by TheGZeus on Thu 28th Oct 2010 22:41 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by rubberneck"
TheGZeus Member since:
2010-05-19

...no.
You cannot patent a _concept_. It does not work logically.
See the short (though somewhat boring) film 'Patent Absurdity' for specific examples of where the idea of process patents falls on its face.

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RE[6]: Comment by rubberneck
by thelastdodo on Fri 29th Oct 2010 21:09 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by rubberneck"
thelastdodo Member since:
2008-10-07

I have a patent on the way your brain works. It involves conversion from characters to binaries. I am afraid we would have to kill you to end this patent violation.

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