Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 4th Aug 2011 21:38 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y The Google-Microsoft patent war of words is continuing. Yesterday, Google (rightfully so, in my book) accused Apple, Microsoft, and Oracle partaking in an organised patent attack against Android, instead of competing on merit, claiming that they bought up Novell's and Nortel's patents solely to attack Android and its device makers. Microsoft struck back, claiming Google was offered to join in on the bids for the Novell patents, but rejected the offer. Google has now responded to this accusation - and to make matters even more confusing, Microsoft responded back. A public shouting match between two powerful parties? Count me in!
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I remember reading, a couple of years ago, that some guy was trying to patent a specific type of story plot.

Unlike copyrights, patents lock out everyone, even in the case of independent innovation. That's why they're so dangerous to apply to something like software where the patent investigators don't understand things well enough to weed out the garbage applications.

Either learn what you're talking about or learn to troll better. Whichever is applicable to your intentions.

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rdean400 Member since:

Independent innovation is exactly why I don't like the patent system.

The patent system is supposed to be designed to promote innovation by giving inventors a monopoly on their inventions in exchange for disclosing them. Patents do not promote innovation when the claimed inventions are easily created in the absence of knowledge of the patent. Too many patents today fall into this category, particularly the ones that take a manual process and automate it, or format-shift an application or UI element to the web or to mobile technology.

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