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 would assign patent life purely on the basis of the effort and cost of creation and the time needed to recover costs.

I would also allow inventors to register "open patents" with an online database at no cost to encourage innovation. The inventor would get personal credit but no royalties. The primary goal would simply be to prevent anyone else from patenting the idea.

In the past I've anticipated several relatively simple applied chemistry/biochemistry processes that have subsequently been patented by others. I never bothered because the cost of further developing the ideas and patenting was totally prohibitive.

Most of the time, I'm fairly contrarian and like to argue. However, your idea seems very solid and workable.

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