Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th May 2011 16:15 UTC, submitted by john
Legal This is certainly worth a meagre +1 in my book: patent troll Lodsys has actually taken the time to answer some of the concerns on the web regarding its legal threats to several small-time iOS developers. There's some interesting stuff in there.
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RE[3]: Still fsckd up
by tmrepository on Tue 17th May 2011 05:25 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Still fsckd up"
tmrepository
Member since:
2011-05-17

That's why it's called INTELLECTUAL property! The idea is the most important part of any invention; without it, it's just an old idea with a clock on it.

It's wonderfully shortsighted when people say "I could have thought of that", but the fact is, they didn't.

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RE[4]: Still fsckd up
by Alfman on Tue 17th May 2011 06:23 in reply to "RE[3]: Still fsckd up"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

tmrepository,

"The idea is the most important part of any invention; without it, it's just an old idea with a clock on it... It's wonderfully shortsighted when people say 'I could have thought of that', but the fact is, they didn't."

The problem with your view is that you assume that the person did not in fact independently invent it for themselves.

The likelihood of this happening increases significantly as the number of software developers increases. Think of how the emergent statistics for the "birthday attack" plays out for software algorithms as well.

With millions of developers solving similar problems, there are bound to be many duplicate solutions arrived at totally independently (most of these occurrences are completely undocumented). It is shortsighted to adopt a patent system in a field where collisions are so likely and, when enforced, deprives many developers of the right to use their own ideas.

Edited 2011-05-17 06:42 UTC

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RE[5]: Still fsckd up
by tmrepository on Tue 17th May 2011 06:45 in reply to "RE[4]: Still fsckd up"
tmrepository Member since:
2011-05-17

You have to be able to prove you thought of it first, that's what patents are for. If you thought of it originally and didn't patent then that's your fault. It's like trying to charge someone in court without proof. It's not perfect, but it's at least there's some system in place.

I'm not in favour of patent trolling, but I AM in favour of allowing people to protect their original ideas, whether they create an implementation or not. There are several theoretical physicists and mathematicians who would resent your claim that an idea isn't worth protecting.

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