Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 1st Nov 2011 19:02 UTC
Legal So, the White House has this site where American citizens can set up petitions, and once they've gained enough support in the form of signatures, the White House will respond. One of the very first petitions added to the site called for the abolition of software patents - both issued and for the future. The petition gained enough support, so the White House has responded. Hit read more for a summary of the respons.
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RE: I think it's great ....
by evangs on Wed 2nd Nov 2011 19:00 UTC in reply to "I think it's great ...."
evangs
Member since:
2005-07-07

... that you're expressing your right of free speech. But the White House doesn't regulate the patent system. It's Congress. Obama doesn't have a lot of pull with Congress these days.


So why didn't he do something during the first 2 years of his presidency when there was a Democrat majority in Congress and in the Senate?

Other than that, I agree with everything you've said about software patents.

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RE[2]: I think it's great ....
by tomcat on Wed 2nd Nov 2011 21:00 in reply to "RE: I think it's great ...."
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

So why didn't he do something during the first 2 years of his presidency when there was a Democrat majority in Congress and in the Senate?


Obama is a politician and, like most of them, he probably finds it useful to not resolve a particular issue -- and then pimp both sides for campaign donations. I think that's why so little actually gets done in Washington.

Plus, I think that many large organizations that file for patents have a schizophrenic notion of what software patents mean to them. I'm sure that most of them would love to get rid of software patents. But, at the same time, I don't think they fully comprehend the consequences of eliminating software patents. For example, would it make it easier for their competitors to clone their work? How would they replace a portion of their revenue that comes from patent licensing? Is there any way for them to stake out any kind of competitive advantage without patents? These are not easy questions to answer, and they could alter the competitive landscape radically without software patents. Which is why you have so many weird and contradictory opinions on patents coming from these organizations.

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

It's a shame software patents were ever granted in the first place. If only we had averted this mess back before tech companies expected to profit by licensing software patents to their competitors, then we'd be much better off today without all the wasted resources on legal overhead.

As usual, it's the lawyers that win. They're never going to implement any serious fixes which eliminates the overhead (them).

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