Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Jun 2013 12:45 UTC
Legal Ah, patents - the never-ending scourge of the technology industry. Whether wielded by companies who don't actually make any products, or large corporations who abuse them because they can't compete in the market place or because they're simply jerks, they do the industry a huge disservice and are simply plain dangerous. According to The Wall Street Journal (circumvention link), president Obama is about to take several executive actions to address patent trolls - which may seem like a good idea, but I am very worried that all this will do is strengthen the positions of notorious patent system abusers such as Apple and Microsoft.
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Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Tue 4th Jun 2013 14:23 UTC
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Nothing that is rumored to be done today by the Obama Administration would hurt small business or legitimate inventors. If there is a specific, legitimate worry about the executive orders when they're announced, then that will be a different thing. At this point we're just commenting on nothing but speculation.

The Microsoft stuff is obviously nonsensical baseless red meat, so there's not much to say about that.

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