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FTC Chairwoman Speaks On Growing US Patent Problem 87

ectoman writes "In a recent policy speech, Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez indicated that the FTC might be preparing to seriously address patent abuse in the United States. Mark Bohannon, Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Global Public Policy at Red Hat, has reviewed Ramirez's remarks, calling them 'some of the most direct and specific to date from a senior U.S. Government official regarding "harmful PAE [patent assertion entities] activities."' Bohannon writes that the FTC's proposed roadmap for patent reform 'is both ambitious and doable,' and he discusses how the agency could make its potential contributions to reforms most effective. The piece arrives one week after Bohannon analyzed other patent reform efforts currently ongoing in Washington—in a piece Slashdot readers have been discussing."
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FTC Chairwoman Speaks On Growing US Patent Problem

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 01, 2013 @10:21PM (#44161437)

    I believe you're conflating copyright and patents, two different things.

  • Good Start (Score:5, Interesting)

    by amiga3D ( 567632 ) on Monday July 01, 2013 @11:10PM (#44161731)

    Getting rid of software patents would go a long way towards correcting the problem. That's where the biggest abuse is.

  • by ackthpt ( 218170 ) on Tuesday July 02, 2013 @12:39AM (#44162143) Homepage Journal

    From TFA:

    IV. PAE Harm is a Symptom of a Larger Problem

    But Commission activity should be just one piece of a broader response. Flaws in the patent system are likely fueling much of the real costs associated with PAE activities. PAEs are good at monetizing patents. But effective monetization of low quality patents imposes a de facto tax on productive economic activity with little or no offsetting benefit for consumers

    Expecting that parliament of whores, the US House, to pass anything meaningful while they wring their hands over how it might reduce their campaign warchests by $1 million, or less, is like believing the Tooth Faerie exists.

  • by raymorris ( 2726007 ) on Tuesday July 02, 2013 @01:38AM (#44162473) Journal
    Think about that for a second. You want to trade the pace of progress in the sciences and useful arts that we've had for the last 300 years for the rate of progress for two thousand years before that? Really?

    Three hundred years ago, 1713, life was much the same as it was in 300 BC. Our quality of life has improved so much more in the last few hundred years than it improved in the thousands of years before. Are you really wanting to go back to the days when everyone just worried about feeding themselves, because there was no hope of changing your life by creating something new that everyone could benefit from?

    Granted, there were certain times, in certain places, where people made real progress long ago. Greece, for example, was unusually productive. It was also unusual in that Greece had patents 2,500 years ago, and it had citizens rather than subjects.

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