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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RE: Gee, thanks Obama
by grat on Tue 4th Jun 2013 15:12 UTC in reply to "Gee, thanks Obama"
grat
Member since:
2006-02-02

OK, you fix it. Remember the following guidelines:

1) Congress will not support any idea you have, and will actively oppose it on the off chance you might do something useful.
2) Big business will lobby against it, and you.
3) Half the internet will consider you an uninformed, idiotic, paid shill, without actually reading any of your proposals.
4) The other half of the internet will think you went too far, or not far enough.

Good luck!

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RE[2]: Gee, thanks Obama
by tidux on Tue 4th Jun 2013 17:57 in reply to "RE: Gee, thanks Obama"
tidux Member since:
2011-08-13

First step: instruct the USPTO to deny software patent applications. Let's stop the bleeding before we attempt surgery.

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RE[3]: Gee, thanks Obama
by Alfman on Tue 4th Jun 2013 18:24 in reply to "RE[2]: Gee, thanks Obama"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

tidux,

"First step: instruct the USPTO to deny software patent applications. Let's stop the bleeding before we attempt surgery."

That's a logical answer, but the flaw is assuming that *fixing* the system was ever a genuine goal in the first place. The only reason for toothless laws like the America Invents Act of 2011 is for appearances only. If they actually fixed laws every generation, there would be far less profit in litigation and it would significantly lower the legal burdens on businesses, especially small ones. While this seems like a good outcome to most of us, it's a nightmare scenario for the lawyers and lobbyists who would find themselves milking a dry cow.

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RE[3]: Gee, thanks Obama
by JAlexoid on Wed 5th Jun 2013 08:58 in reply to "RE[2]: Gee, thanks Obama"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

No... The first step is to define a software patent.
As is, there are no software patents granted by USPTO. The patents go through as process patents.

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RE[2]: Gee, thanks Obama
by andrewclunn on Thu 6th Jun 2013 19:06 in reply to "RE: Gee, thanks Obama"
andrewclunn Member since:
2012-11-05

Claiming that bad solutions are fine because good solutions are politically impossible only works if you first attempted to get the good solution through. Assuming it doesn't is just a tactic for justifying pushing through bad legislation, or worse yet "executive orders." This is common practice with the current administration.

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RE[3]: Gee, thanks Obama
by Soulbender on Fri 7th Jun 2013 03:31 in reply to "RE[2]: Gee, thanks Obama"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

So enlighten us; what's the good solution?

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