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Mark Shuttleworth on patents, tablets and the future of Ubuntu
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| Mark Shuttleworth: The patent system is often misunderstood. Itâs sold as a
| way of giving the little guy an opportunity to create something big â when in
| fact patents donât really work that way at all.
| What they do very well is keep the big guys entrenched and the little guys
| out. For example, itâs very common in established industries for all of the
| majors to buy up or file as many patents as they can covering a particular
| area. They know and accept that the other majors are all in the same industry
| and essentially cross-license each other to keep the peace within that defined
| market. But they use that arsenal to stop new entrants coming in and
| disrupting the market.
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