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: Comment by MOS6510
by JAlexoid on Wed 5th Jun 2013 09:06 UTC in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
JAlexoid
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2009-05-19

Apple itself is not the problem. Neither is Samsung or Microsoft, or IBM, or any other big player.

Problem is that they are opposing changing of the rules that allow them to battle it out... the side-effect of those rules is that medium sized companies or small trolls can use the same rules to scare and attack the small guys.

Their opposition to change of patent laws, what they see as a valuable legal tool, results in a massive negative side-effect on small and medium business.

In fact, now the pharmaceutical companies are against the rules that they helped to introduce... the rules that are to vague and allowed a vast set of "inventions" to be patented.

Complaining about any of the big boys is like complaining about a manager that is adamant that he cannot change an arbitrary rule that he introduced himself and has no legal obligation to enforce.(I had such an argument recently)

Edited 2013-06-05 09:08 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Wed 5th Jun 2013 09:28 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I don't think they should be able to oppose anything, they don't have a vote in congress nor do they pay taxes (joke)!

I don't like the patent system, but I think a middle way can be found. First get rid of companies with patents and no products. If one doesn't make anything one can't complain of others doing it.

Make patents expire rather quickly, let's say 2 years. Two years is a LONG time in tech. Plenty of time to do your thing with the advantage of being first. After that you either innovate, which is what we want, or be one of the many companies that produce products with your expired patent.

Also get rid of silly patents. Once that are silly, too obvious or prior art.

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RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by JAlexoid on Wed 5th Jun 2013 15:04 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

First get rid of companies with patents and no products. If one doesn't make anything one can't complain of others doing it.


You are aware that organisations like NASA and a lot of universities hold patents on technologies but produce no products, are you?

What should we do? Make sure that they don't get the funds for the work of their staff?

Also get rid of silly patents. Once that are silly, too obvious or prior art.

Talk to any lawyer and he will make sure that any "silly" patent sounds like serious business. The patents seem silly when they start being leveraged against someone. They are rarely silly on paper, when going though the application process.

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