Software patents are not needed
Posted Oct 12, 2004 12:24 UTC (Tue) by hppnq
In reply to: Software patents are not needed
Parent article: Patents - An Alternative View (Groklaw)
Indeed, a recent study shows that patents in general are not as effective as one would hope, taking Watt's steam engine as an example of new technology that was stalled until the patent expired and the frenzy of industrialisation started.
I also agree with you that software patents are not required for technological advancement.
However, that was not the question, and your reasoning applies to the current situation -- not Craig's proposal. Maybe I didn't phrase it correctly, so here goes take two: why would one want to forbid software patents if the patent system does not hinder software development and technological advancement in general?
Really, I couldn't care less about software patents: I don't need them, I don't want them and I certainly do not want to be coding looking over my shoulder because of them.
But that's my take. Big companies probably see things differently. If we can both coexist, and companies use patents to put them ahead of the competition (but not in the way of technological advancement), why would I want to force my view down their throat? Especially since that is a fight we are going to lose in the end (that's what I think anyway). You cannot win every battle, sometimes it is better to just make a reasonable peace. ;-)
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