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US Patent Regime Is Absurd 202

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the self-inflicted-wound dept.
An anonymous reader writes in with an opinion piece in the Economist about the the effects of patent trolling on the US economy. The author argues that the U.S. patent regime is causing the U.S. essentially to harm itself. Things have gotten so bad that paying for protection is par for the course.
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US Patent Regime Is Absurd

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  • by Toe, The (545098) on Tuesday August 02, 2011 @03:27PM (#36964464)

    The idea of patents being bad for the economy is MY intellectual property.

    I'm suing the author, the poster (meaning everyone who has ever posted as anon), and Slashdot.

  • Regime (Score:2, Funny)

    by mfh (56) on Tuesday August 02, 2011 @03:27PM (#36964466) Homepage Journal

    Anything that is a regime is absurd!

    Just make things free and democratic okay? Otherwise it's gonna be regime-change time!

  • Re:Regime (Score:5, Funny)

    by Swanktastic (109747) on Tuesday August 02, 2011 @03:39PM (#36964602)

    Those Fascists who run the Patent office are a bunch of Commies...

  • Re:The Toe (Score:4, Funny)

    by jefe7777 (411081) on Tuesday August 02, 2011 @04:11PM (#36965012) Journal

    There is no problem with having multiple patents covering the same idea.

    Guess again! I have a patent on multiple patents covering the same idea.

    Pay up bitches!

  • by PopeRatzo (965947) * on Tuesday August 02, 2011 @05:31PM (#36965880) Homepage Journal

    The idea of patents being bad for the economy is MY intellectual property.

    Then you might want to send a cease and desist to President Obama. In his remarks to the press today, he mentioned "patent reform" as part of his agenda for the next 14 months.

    We'll see what comes of it, but I've got the feeling we're going to be seeing hearing a little more media coverage of the issue of patent reform, at least until the next celebrity overdose or semi-attractive white woman on trial for murder.

    It'll be interesting to see how the anti-US government Fox News covers the story. Patents seem to be the very definition of "big government" and all "intellectual property" is "anti-free market".

    I say, "Get the government out of our business and do away with all patents, copyrights and trademarks. We don't need no stinkin' Big Government to be involved with their job-killing regulations and picking winners and losers by giving patents.

    We'll see if FreedomWorks and the Chamber of Commerce gets behind THAT anti-government message.

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