Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 8th Oct 2012 09:24 UTC
Legal The failing US patent system is getting ever more mainstream - The New York Times is running a long and details piece on the failings of the system, especially in relation to the technology industry most of us hold so dearly. Most of the stuff in there isn't new to us - but there's two things in the article I want to highlight.
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Comment by jangoboy
by jangoboy on Tue 9th Oct 2012 09:35 UTC
jangoboy
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2012-10-09

the first thing thing and last thing legal systems should do is uphold ethical behavior. I don't care if its hard, you do it anyway. Whose work was it, what is a reasonable degree of protection for it, and what is a reasonable way of protecting it. If you didn't invent anything than maybe copyright covers what you actually did. But to me patents are a flawed idea anyway. If someone somewhere invents the flying car and someone somewhere else also invents the flying car using the same principle at a later date from the they both invented the flying car. In the patent system the first guy has commercial rights and the second guy isn't allowed to sell his idea but it was his idea and he made it himself; that's theft, stolen by the government for the first guy.

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RE: Comment by jangoboy
by Alfman on Tue 9th Oct 2012 13:57 in reply to "Comment by jangoboy"
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2011-01-28

jangoboy,

"In the patent system the first guy has commercial rights and the second guy isn't allowed to sell his idea"

+1

It gets even more ridiculous when we consider all the developers who, in the course of their jobs, are working independently to solve the same problems. Does it make sense to invalidate all their collective hard work to favor the first one to file a patent? The first developer is entitled to the idea, but no one else is? The ownership of abstract software ideas is something that's inherently flawed, in my opinion. We should drop software patents, this would be a welcome change to most developers who try to ignore software patents anyways to focus on their work.

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