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[News] Patent Reform in the US Kicks off Tomorrow

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Congress may debut patent reform bill Tuesday

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| Patent reform could be introduced in Congress as early as Tuesday (March 3), 
| as high tech lobbying groups on both sides of the issue turn up the heat. 
| Sources close to the issue said the new bill will pick up where similar bills 
| that failed to pass in 2008 left off.   
| On one side, big electronics companies want to curb what they claims is a 
| rise of frivolous patent infringement suits and damages, often from companies 
| whose only business is to acquire and assert patents. On the other side, 
| smaller companies and individual inventors say changes in the patent system 
| would cut incentives to develop new technology.     



Patent Reform at Tilburg

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| 26 and 27 March 2009
| On 26 and 27 March 2009, TILEC - Tilburg Law and Economics Center - hosts an
| international Conference on Patent Reforms in Hotel Krasnapolsky, Amsterdam.
| The conference features internationally renowned speakers and intends to
| foster discussion on patents, innovation and competition policy between
| lawyers, economists and practitioners.


Editor's Note: Intellectual Property Is A Mental Illness

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| This whole "intellectual property" mania is a mental illness that deserves
| its own entry into the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
| It's like that great movie, "Aguirre: The Wrath of God." Give yourself a
| treat and watch it; it's a wonderful film that takes place after the fall of
| the Incan empire. Lope de Aguirre, played by the perfectly mad Klaus Kinski,
| leads a band of Spanish conquistadors on a quest for El Dorado, the legendary
| City of Gold. The quest is doomed, of course, as they struggle through
| hostile terrain and hostile locals, pushed onward by their own greed and
| ruthlessness.
| [...]
| The tech industry is notorious for thuggish Tony Soprano tactics. How did
| this come about? Pepsi doesn't make you agree to a EULA. DeWalt doesn't tell
| you what you can and cannot do with your own DeWalt tools that you have
| purchased. The fashion and automotive industries copy each other openly, and
| don't waste time suing each other for poaching ideas. Instead they stick to
| the business of trying to win customers the old-fashioned way-- by making
| cool things that people want to buy.
| The proprietary software industry nearly succeeded in killing off the
| second-hand software market, and then had the two-faced gall to whine about
| copyright infringement-- they tolerate it when it opens new markets and shuts
| out the competition, but sooner or later those bad pirates have to pay up.
| Every other industry has a thriving second-hand market, instead of this loony
| game of wink-nudge "piracy", and it benefits everyone-- it opens new markets,
| and reduces the financial risks of early adopters and customers who buy new.
| Microsoft has devoted considerable energy to trying to kill off the
| second-hand hardware market as well by going after schools and non-profits
| that use old, donated equipment, and forcing them to purchase new software
| licenses. Most OEM Windows PCs come with crippled versions of Windows that
| can't be moved to different PCs, but are locked to the original.

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