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[2]: Yeah, it sucks
by tomcat on Thu 5th Jul 2012 17:54 UTC in reply to "RE: Yeah, it sucks"
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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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