Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 30th Jun 2012 19:34 UTC
Legal Yesterday, we were treated to another preliminary injunction on a product due to patent trolling. Over the past few years, some companies have resorted to patent trolling instead of competing on merit, using frivolous and obvious software and design patents to block competitors - even though this obviously shouldn't be legal. The fact that this is, in fact, legal, is baffling, and up until a few months ago, a regular topic here on OSNews. At some point - I stopped reporting on the matter. The reason for this is simple: I realised that intellectual property law exists outside of regular democratic processes and is, in fact, wholly and utterly totalitarian. What's the point in reporting on something we can't change via legal means?
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by WakaJawaka on Sat 30th Jun 2012 23:38 UTC
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> Three years prior, in 1883, the Paris Convention for the
> Protection of Industrial Property was first accepted.

... and twelve years prior to that, the same bourgeois class who gave us the first treaty on intellectual property protection (BIRPI), organized and oversaw the massacre of 30.000 Parisians (ten times more than were executed in Paris during the entire French Revolution). This is about so much more than mere patent trolling.

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