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 M.Onty
by M.Onty on Tue 4th Jun 2013 17:18 UTC
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How about passing a law that clarifies that making a demand for patent payment in writing has to follow certain rules. Nothing strenuous for companies with genuine grievances; something like stating the name of patent holder, history of patent, explanation for quoted figure that they want paid, examples where they believe the accused has infringed their patents. If someone or organisation receives a letter that doesn't broadly follow these rules (you don't want small companies taken to court for not putting a full enough patent history, for example) then the letter can be considered evidence of extortion in court, should it come to that.

Of course that doesn't really effect big companies much. That's another issue.

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