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[3]: Gee, thanks Obama
by JAlexoid on Wed 5th Jun 2013 08:58 UTC 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[4]: Gee, thanks Obama
by Kivada on Wed 5th Jun 2013 09:27 in reply to "RE[3]: Gee, thanks Obama"
Kivada Member since:
2010-07-07

Still wrong:

First step, invalidate all software and gene patents and block any from ever being filed again.

You can't patent math or life.

2nd step

All energy generation and storage as well as transportation patents that are older then 5 years of age and haven't been brought to market or will not be put to market within 2 years are invalidated and put to the public domain for US manufacturing companies only as a matter of national security.

Edited 2013-06-05 09:33 UTC

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RE[5]: Gee, thanks Obama
by tidux on Wed 5th Jun 2013 12:11 in reply to "RE[4]: Gee, thanks Obama"
tidux Member since:
2011-08-13

Don't forget asinine "business process" and design patents. Hell, discard all patents that do not cover the manufacture of physical objects.

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