The Patent, Used as a Sword
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/08/techn … html?_r=2&
Patent trolls will not like to see reform - they make their living off it.
My solution: Make all future patents to expire within 5 (or even 3) years (that
is a long time in the technology world).
From the linked article:
“There are hundreds of ways to write the same computer program,” said James Bessen, a legal expert at Harvard. And so patent applications often try to encompass every potential aspect of a new technology. When such applications are approved, Mr. Bessen said, “the borders are fuzzy, so it’s really easy to accuse others of trespassing on your ideas.”
Imagine if Xerox had filed such a broad patent on the PARC user interface.
How come something so subjective [patents] be applied inappropriately with no recouse when/if it case isn't proven? Death by legislation!
Q: What do you call 5000 dead lawyers at the bottom of the ocean? A: A good start!
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