Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Jul 2012 23:08 UTC
Google Apparently, this is a major victory of the patent system. This, this right here, this is what the patent system has come to. This is the destructive effect it's having on this once beautiful industry. Thanks to trolls like Apple and Microsoft, basic, elemental functionality is being removed from devices people already own.
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RE[4]: No.
by Morgan on Thu 5th Jul 2012 12:11 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: No."
Morgan
Member since:
2005-06-29

Your bio places you in Texas, so you should already know this by now, but:

Policies set in place by recent past presidents often remain in place under new presidents. This is especially the case with policies that the majority of the public doesn't know or doesn't care about, such as the patent office. If Obama saw an opportunity to gain something by reforming the patent office, he might have done something about it. Given that he seems to be in the pocket of several corporations who stand to gain from an unchanged patent office attitude, I'd say he has zero incentive to make changes.

I would love to see Obama step up and push for patent reform, he could even spin it as a hand up to the small business entrepreneur who wants to move forward with a great idea without the fear of being crushed by a patent suit. But it's an election year, and any policy change right now would be ripped apart by the other side no matter the intention or outcome.

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RE[5]: No.
by ricegf on Thu 5th Jul 2012 12:40 in reply to "RE[4]: No."
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

President Obama had a filibuster-proof majority in the senate and house for 2 years. "But it's an election year" is a remarkably weak excuse for any policies he didn't change when he had the chance.

I'm not a Republican or a fan of Mr. Bush either, by the way. I don't like *either* of the dominant political parties in America, since both seem to believe they can and should run my life for me. I'm debt free, while they've run our country deeply into debt, the idiots - they never met a piece of pork they didn't embrace - and now they claim the right to impose punitive taxes if I don't deal with the corporations that pay for their sponsorship.

Mr. Jefferson's vision of limited government looks better every day.

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RE[6]: No.
by Nelson on Thu 5th Jul 2012 19:41 in reply to "RE[5]: No."
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

He never had a filibuster proof majority. He had at best 57 Democrats and 2 anemic wanna be Democrats. Besides, those interests don't always directly line up.

The democratic party in the US is a lot less aligned on policy than say, republicans.

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