Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Jul 2011 21:16 UTC
Legal I've been sitting on this item all day. Technically, it's about patents and the like, and even I understand I've been beating this dead horse so often it almost looks like it's alive. However, this is an interesting opinion piece by Craig Hockenberry, long-time employee at The Iconfactory, one of my favourite software development houses - these guys breath software and beautiful design, and employ one of my favourite artists, David Lanham. The gist of his story? Software patents are killing the independent developer scene.
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RE: Ummm ...
by JAlexoid on Fri 15th Jul 2011 00:39 UTC in reply to "Ummm ..."
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Furthermore, how many cases have we seen of larger companies filing patent lawsuits against small, independent developers? I'd assume that a lot of bad PR would go along with that, and bad PR is like kryptonite to these corporations. I'd also assume these large companies would be happier going after other large companies, where surely more money could be had. Why would they give two shits about some Joe working on a small app out of his bedroom?


There aren't any. None of the small companies can defend against someone like Microsoft, IBM or Oracle, so they just fold to their demands. The changes in the law would be there only to serve in a case similar to MS vs i4i on the side of MS.

Lodsys has demonstrated that trolls will target smaller companies without hesitation.
And another point, is that there are many, many more cases where patent trolls have got licensees quietly and you will never hear of it... ever.

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