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Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos Calls For Governments To End Patent Wars 135

concealment writes with news that Amazon's Jeff Bezos has called for new legislation from governments to end abuse of the patent system. He said, 'Patents are supposed to encourage innovation and we're starting to be in a world where they might start to stifle innovation. Governments may need to look at the patent system and see if those laws need to be modified because I don't think some of these battles are healthy for society.' His comments are from an interview with the UK's Metro. Bezos was also optimistic about the future of the private space industry: "If private companies can start to generate profits from this kind of activity then you’ll start to see the flywheel spin more rapidly and we’ll make more progress, because I really do think we want to live in a civilization where millions of people are living and working in space."
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Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos Calls For Governments To End Patent Wars

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  • Easy fix (Score:5, Informative)

    by Spy Handler ( 822350 ) on Wednesday October 17, 2012 @02:52PM (#41684537) Homepage Journal

    all we need is for the Supreme Court to take up any one of the zillion patent suits and declare,

    "Software, business methods, and computer algorithms are not patentable."

    Patent laws date back hundreds of years and do not say whether software is patentable or not. It was the interpretation of one judge in the 1980's who said "Yes software is patentable" to open the floodgates and lead us to where we are now. Which the SCOTUS can easily reverse.

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