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[News] Free Software Revolution is Here/Near, Junk Patents at Risk of Dying

  • Subject: [News] Free Software Revolution is Here/Near, Junk Patents at Risk of Dying
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2008 16:41:56 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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Free! Why $0.00 Is the Future of Business

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| Thanks to Gillette, the idea that you can make money by giving something away 
| is no longer radical. But until recently, practically everything "free" was 
| really just the result of what economists would call a cross-subsidy: You'd 
| get one thing free if you bought another, or you'd get a product free only if 
| you paid for a service.    
| Over the past decade, however, a different sort of free has emerged. The new 
| model is based not on cross-subsidies — the shifting of costs from one 
| product to another — but on the fact that the cost of products themselves is 
| falling fast.   


A Pending Threat to Patents

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| A case before an appeals court could make it harder to win legal protection 
| for business methods 


Bad, bad lobbyist:

Are Patents Headed For Extinction?

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| Successful free enterprise requires an effective system of property ownership 
| rights. Economists like Hernando de Soto believe that such rights are the 
| underpinning of capitalism and explain how for decades America's strong 
| patent system has fostered economic growth and innovation in the face of 
| intensifying international competition. Although many factory jobs have moved 
| overseas, knowledge workers have enjoyed improved living standards in the 
| United States.      
| That picture will change for the worse if the Patent Reform Act of 2007 
| (S.1145), now being considered by the Senate, is enacted in its present form. 
| This bill, together with two recent patent-unfriendly Supreme Court rulings, 
| represents one of the worst assaults on intellectual property protection in 
| the 218-year history of our patent system.    
| [...]
| Joe Kiani is the founder and CEO of Irvine, Calif.-based Masimo.



My Dumb Software Patents

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| The first patent was provisionally filed in 2000 and has been "in process" 
| for the last 8 years. Yes, I said 8 years. Many think that Software Patents 
| are stupid. I conceptually agree with this statement. Having spent what seems 
| like millions of hours constructing these, baby sitting them, defending them; 
| it is really all wasted time and effort, at least in a conceptual sense. 
| There is no way for a software engineer or system architect to have any idea 
| what exists out there to either copy or avoid (whatever the motivation).      


Big businesses boast of patent benefits, for small businesses

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| A report published by an EU task force on intellectual property claims
| that small businesses benefit from a patent system, despite lacking
| almost any participation by the small business community.
| Instead, the report, titled IPR (intellectual property rights) for
| competitiveness and innovation, was written up almost entirely by
| large corporations and the patent industry.
| [...]
| The report does note objections from the likes of patentfrei.de and
| Sun Microsystems, which were recorded at some length in the report.
| But this does not appear to have impacted the conclusion of the
| report in any way
| [...]
| Jean-Pierre Laisne, of ObjectWeb, an open source software community,
| said that he found the report useless: participants were told that
| all their contributions would be recorded but at the end only
| those of Business Software Alliance and Microsoft were used.


When Patents Threaten Science

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| Patents should not be used to protect laws of nature, products of
| nature, or mathematical formulas.


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