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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Three Rules
by transami on Thu 11th Oct 2012 19:48 UTC
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1. Filing for a patent should be a free service provided by the federal government. The Constitution gives the government the power to issue IP rights, but not the power to hold such rights for ransom.

2. Patents must be accompanied by a functional demonstration. They cannot simply be ideas, nor purposeless designs.

3. All patent litigation must be handled via arbitration by the USPTO at no cost to either party. Only if willful infringement is determined will a party be responsible for cover all or part of the procedural costs. But the arbiters first goal is to find an acceptable settlement between the two parties, not to ascertain guilt.

Edited 2012-10-11 19:49 UTC

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