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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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  • Podcast about this (Score:5, Informative)

    by MrEricSir (398214) on Tuesday August 02, 2011 @04:37PM (#36964578) Homepage

    The often-wonderful This American Life show covered this topic quite recently. They tried to find out what the deal was with Intellectual Ventures and their ilk, and made some surprising discoveries. (I don't want to give away any spoilers.)

    You can listen to a podcast of the show here: []

  • Re:The Economist? (Score:5, Informative)

    by MetalliQaZ (539913) on Tuesday August 02, 2011 @05:04PM (#36964914)

    Copyright isn't absurd the way software patents are.

    Pretty much everyone, including OSS software developers, desire the benefits of copyright. The way that the MPAA/RIAA goes about enforcement is definitely out of control, but the fundamental issue is okay.

    Software patents, on the other hand, are (at least) well in the the grey area surrounding "what should be patentable". A business process, a mathematical formula, a procedure, an idea? How ethereal can something be and still be someone's property?

    The MAFIAA are trying to change the rules to suit their own interests. Patent trolls, on the other hand, are functioning just fine with the rules the way they are.

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"