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What were they thinking: Patent trolls and restrictions

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nannasin28
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nannasin28   3/19/2013 7:24:02 AM
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I need to buy a new recorder that it is not using WMA. http://www.hqew.net

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Bellhop   3/20/2013 8:27:55 PM
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Wow! We didn't even get into submarine patents! Fortunately, that one got resolved. There's hope, at least. I like to use open source file formats in my designs. It keeps us and the customer out of gray areas. The documentation is nice to have, too.

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BrianBailey   3/21/2013 12:18:59 AM
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Yes - I remember those and they were quite nasty. I am with you. While there are perfectly good open source formats, why would anyone choose to use a proprietary one?

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Jon M. Kelley   3/21/2013 10:02:43 PM
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Very large corporations use that very same logic after you demonstrate a new patent to them and the concept filters around their various offices. At that point you need a rich uncle to even get them to a court. I’ve never given a patent to a Troll for less than it cost me to get the idea patented, but I’ve been tempted. Usually if you can tell a Troll where your patent is being illegally used, you can get at least enough to cover your costs.

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mr_bandit   3/22/2013 2:59:05 AM
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The basic issue is the USPTO cannot hire those "skilled in the art" for most fields, ie the examiners should, but cannot see what is *obvious*. This is especially true in the software/firmware field. It takes (my observation) about 12 years of schooling/practice to become "skilled in the art" of software. Firmware takes longer, sometimes, because of the restriction of resources (RAM, FLASH, etc). The net effect is the flood of bad/silly/restricting patents. It's like going into a hardware store and patenting every nut, bolt, and washer in the store and everything that uses them. throw in "methods of applying chemicals to walls for the purpose of coloring and preserving surfaces" (ie paint and stains), and it becomes tragic to innovation.

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jjgray   6/12/2013 4:37:15 PM
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Oh I love it when people say innovation is stifled by patents, when it is self-evident that the products they are on about are available today on the market, and innovation rages on all the time. Open source products are great but 9 out of 10 are imitating something that someonbody else had to invent first. If it's patented and that people can't just copy it for free, well that's what patents are there for. Trolls and the rest are just part of the innovation ecosystem by which engineers and scientists get paid jobs. If you can understand Rambus wanting to monetize non-core patents, why condemn the company that provides them the route for them doing that? Each patent represents a past investment in R&D, and each future patent represents a future investment in R&D.

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