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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Just put a monetary value on patents
by unclefester on Fri 15th Jul 2011 10:54 UTC
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Patent owners should have a realistic monetary value placed on their patents by the government according to the documented time and cost of development.

A patent for a simple idea (eg a software algorithm) that cost <$100,000 and three months to develop should only be valid for a very short period (2-3 years). However something that cost >$100 million (eg a new pharmaceutical product) should get a much longer patent (15-25 years).

Edited 2011-07-15 10:55 UTC

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