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[News] People Unhappy with Phony Patent 'Reform' Bill

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US patent bill a 'chill on innovation' 

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| One aim is to slash incentives for "trolls" who patent ideas with the 
| intention of suing companies with a similar technology. Such a case cost the 
| BlackBerry maker Research In Motion $612 million in 2006. However, the 
| inventors' group Innovation Alliance says that all inventors will suffer from 
| reduced damages as a result.    


Judge Kills Broadcom Patent Lawsuit Against Qualcomm

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| A U.S. judge has dismissed a patent lawsuit brought by chip maker Broadcom 
| against rival Qualcomm, saying the company didn't identify specific patents 
| it was suing over.  


The solution is to just eliminate this system. Economists admit that it's a
farce. "Innovation" in this context is a Big Lie that is propagated by lawyers
and monopolists.


Open Source emergency dispatch OpenISES destroyed by patent threat, 2009

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| 2. This document contains a simple, guided system for processing calls for
| emergency aid. It was created free of charge and distributed with the
| OpenISES system but was removed from distribution and destroyed due to a
| patent threat from Priority Dispatch Corporation. This document has the
| potential to help save lives in areas that cannot afford proprietary
| emergency response scripts
| 3. Emergency dispatch offices in areas unable to afford proprietary scripts
| (especially overseas where U.S. Patent Law does not apply), developers and
| emergency response personnel wishing to continue the project, and bloggers
| and journalists wishing to document some of the unsavory ways companies
| utilize the patent system.



Ethics @ Work: Are property rights in ideas unethical?

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| Business ethics usually have little to do with ethics. In most practical
| cases the ethical value is agreed upon, and the ethics professional is
| charged with making sure they are reflected in practice. However,
| occasionally we are privileged to encounter a truly innovative ethical
| doctrine that seeks to challenge existing paradigms. A fascinating example is
| the "free content" movement, often identified with programming pioneer
| Richard Stallman who leads the related "free software movement."      


How Sick Are Patents? Ask Indonesia

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| Got that? Indonesia releases the sequences, and the US CDC does indeed patent
| that information, a situation which could then force Indonesia to pay for
| vaccines based on its own sequence data to protect its citizens. This
| probably means that fewer vaccines will be bought, more people will die, more
| mutations in the flu virus, and more deaths globally. So how, exactly, is
| this particular intellectual monopoly good for the world?


Sick Idea: Using Patents to Kill People

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| Poignant? It's basic human decency. Imagine being unable to use a life-saving
| technique on a patient simply because it was "patented", and the licensing
| fees were exorbitant. Imagine, indeed, the situation in developing countries
| that can't even afford medical equipment, much less absurd, intellectual
| monopolies.    
| There's a reason we don't have patents on such things: they represent basic
| human knowledge of the kind whose invention and transmission down the
| generations lies at the heart of our civilisation and humanity. The day we
| start charging for this kind of thing is the day we as a race are in deep,
| deep trouble.    

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