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[4]: Comment by MOS6510
by kwan_e on Thu 6th Jun 2013 07:37 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510"
kwan_e
Member since:
2007-02-18

"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?
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NASA and universities are companies?

And actually, NASA does actually use its inventions to create stuff that they use themselves, so they technically have products.

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RE[5]: Comment by MOS6510
by JAlexoid on Thu 6th Jun 2013 17:01 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Universities are most definitely companies(aka legal entities)

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RE[6]: Comment by MOS6510
by kwan_e on Fri 7th Jun 2013 02:28 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by MOS6510"
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

Maybe then change the scope to "companies with patents but no regular R&D".

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