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[News] USPTO Incompetence Leads to Lawsuit Over File Preview

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Microsoft, Apple, and Google sued for file preview features!

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| Indiana based Cygnus Systems has filed a lawsuit against the three giants 
| Microsoft, Apple and Google claiming that they are infringing on a patent 
| owned by them.  
| The patent is related to file preview technology which gives the user a view 
| of a file before it is opened. 


Google, Apple, Microsoft Sued Over File Preview

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| A small Indiana company has sued tech heavyweights Microsoft, Apple, and 
| Google, claiming that it holds the patent on a common file preview feature 
| used by browsers and operating systems to show users small snapshots of the 
| files before they are opened.   


This system is a joke. USPTO should be abolished for accepting such patent


Economist Critic of Software Patents gets Nobel Prize

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| The FFII congratulates Eric S. Maskin, an economist who has long criticised
| the patenting of software, for receiving the 2007 Nobel Prize for Economics.
| Prof. Maskin and two colleagues receive the Prize for research into the
| optimal design of economic mechanisms. By applying his theory to the IT
| sector, Maskin demonstrated "that in such a dynamic industry, patent
| protection may reduce overall innovation and welfare."


Intellectual Property Regime Stifles Science and Innovation, Nobel Laureates

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| Patent monopolies are believed to drive innovation but they actually impede
| the pace of science and innovation, Stiglitz said. The current “patent
| thicket,” in which anyone who writes a successful software programme is sued
| for alleged patent infringement, highlights the current IP system’s failure
| to encourage innovation, he said.
| Another problem is that the social returns from innovation do not accord with
| the private returns associated with the patent system, Stiglitz said. The
| marginal benefit from innovation is that an idea may become available sooner
| than it might have. But the person who secures the patent on it wins a
| long-term monopoly, creating a gap between private and social returns.

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