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Increased peace of mind is not necessarily a step in the right direction; not if it lures us into a patent trap.
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Posted Apr 13, 2006 17:51 UTC (Thu) by jzbiciak (✭ supporter ✭, #5246)
This shouldn't be our ONLY approach. I honestly think we should pursue software patents ourselves in the free software world (and licensing those patents freely for use in free software), AND pursue disallowing most kinds of software patents.
Posted Apr 14, 2006 14:57 UTC (Fri) by dwheeler (guest, #1216)
But most people who write Free Software are either in companies that are not exclusively Free Software companies or they are students. Companies practically always own patents of any of their employees. Shockingly, universities have managed a land grab and can often claim ownership of their student's ideas, at least in the U.S. (Yes, that's reprehensible.) What's worse, patent applications are expensive. That means that very few in the Free Software world can actually get patents exclusively for Free Software.
Posted Apr 18, 2006 7:00 UTC (Tue) by ekj (guest, #1524)
If you make nothing, produce zero, has no products, infact consist as a company of nothing more whatsoever except a bunch of lawyers and a few patents, then even the biggest portofolio in the world of patents from which to "counter-sue" will help precisely not at all.
Posted Apr 18, 2006 14:35 UTC (Tue) by liljencrantz (guest, #28458)
One shopuld also keep in mind that if Company A wishes to destroy open source product B, which is protectedby OIN, all company A has to do is spin of a new company C, which can then buy a patent related to B, and use this to crush B.
Even so, an organization like OIN is still a very powerful defence against most patent abuse.
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