Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Jul 2011 20:41 UTC, submitted by sawboss
3D News, GL, DirectX More patent news? Sorry, but for some reason, there's a spike in patent, trademark, and related news this week - not entirely unsurprising considering it's earnings season. HTC, currently under attack from Apple and a recent signer of Microsoft patent agreement regarding Android, has bought S3 Graphics... For the patents. Patents Apple has already been found infringing upon.
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Have to give this a try
by ourcomputerbloke on Fri 8th Jul 2011 00:41 UTC
ourcomputerbloke
Member since:
2011-05-12

making it virtually impossible to write any piece of code without infringing some patent


"So the billions of developers out there developing trillions of apps ever year are either incredibly brilliant or insanely rich?"

Wow, this exaggerating is easy.

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RE: Have to give this a try
by Alfman on Fri 8th Jul 2011 03:03 in reply to "Have to give this a try"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

ourcomputerbloke,

"'So the billions of developers out there developing trillions of apps ever year are either incredibly brilliant or insanely rich?'

Wow, this exaggerating is easy."

Not really, most software does infringe, it just so happens that most software projects aren't worth suing over.

On the one hand, I'm thankful that software patents are poorly enforced, since it enables many of to develop the best software we can worrying about obscure patent documents written by lawyers.

On the other hand, if software patents were absolutely enforced, it would cause so much backlash, overhead, and abuse that the whole software patent ecosystem would collapse on it's own.

As is, all software exists in a perpetual state of limbo.

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crimperman Member since:
2006-11-09

It's worth remembering that software patents are not viable in the EU (and other places as well) where a lot of development takes place. Thus until/unless the software is used in something worth suing in the correct geographical region, software patents are irrelevant.

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RE[2]: Have to give this a try
by viton on Fri 8th Jul 2011 16:27 in reply to "RE: Have to give this a try"
viton Member since:
2005-08-09

On the other hand, if software patents were absolutely enforced

Then millions of patents need to be submitted every day, USA government will push insane amount of money to expand staff and the patent office kleks started to killing themselves massively and explode the whole thing =)

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RE[2]: Have to give this a try
by Lennie on Sat 9th Jul 2011 14:29 in reply to "RE: Have to give this a try"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

I always thought they are just waiting for something to get somewhat populair before suing. Going to court to fight a little company and putting them out of business doens't give you much.

But waiting for them to get large and then sue them is probably more profitable (might need to happen within some kind of timeframe).

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RE[2]: Have to give this a try
by bnolsen on Sat 9th Jul 2011 17:44 in reply to "RE: Have to give this a try"
bnolsen Member since:
2006-01-06

I can guarantee you a lawyer will find many ways any software developer is infringing on patents. He just needs enough creative language to do it.

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RE: Have to give this a try
by senshikaze on Fri 8th Jul 2011 11:49 in reply to "Have to give this a try"
senshikaze Member since:
2011-03-08

There are an estimated 3 billion people using computers in the world (give or take half a billion). I seriously doubt that at least one third of computer users are also programmers. Just in my little world including friends, family, and work, I can come up with 1% being programmers. And that is out of some 500 people. I think my ratio is much closer to correct than yours with your "billions of programmers" BS.

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