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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Yeah, it sucks
by aldob1 on Thu 5th Jul 2012 13:12 UTC
aldob1
Member since:
2010-09-09

I agree that this sucks. But remember, many companies have been playing this game for a long time. Companies like MS license a ton of technology and have probably paid in the tens of billions doing this. Google does not and their partners have been paying the price. I understand it is against Google's belief.

So now how do you fix it and make it whole for everyone??

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RE: Yeah, it sucks
by clasqm on Thu 5th Jul 2012 14:15 in reply to "Yeah, it sucks"
clasqm Member since:
2010-09-23

Easy. You own a patent? Congratulations. You have two years to bring it to market or it expires and becomes common property. You, personally, must bring it to market, not some third party that you license it to. Only after you have brought out product in a meaningful sense are you allowed to license it to others.

No more shell companies that are nothing more than an empty suit and a patent portfolio. No more companies sitting on patents preventing worthwhile inventions from being brought into reality. No more patenting things just to stop others from doing so. End of problem.

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RE[2]: Yeah, it sucks
by tomcat on Thu 5th Jul 2012 17:54 in reply to "RE: Yeah, it sucks"
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

Easy. You own a patent? Congratulations. You have two years to bring it to market or it expires and becomes common property. You, personally, must bring it to market, not some third party that you license it to. Only after you have brought out product in a meaningful sense are you allowed to license it to others.

No more shell companies that are nothing more than an empty suit and a patent portfolio. No more companies sitting on patents preventing worthwhile inventions from being brought into reality. No more patenting things just to stop others from doing so. End of problem.


And who do you think is going to pay the politicians enough to change the patent system versus the Old Guard companies who dominate the IP industry? You? Answer: Nobody. Unless people put their money where their mouths are, nothing will change.

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