Prior art won't solve the software patent problem (NewsForge)
Posted Sep 18, 2006 15:08 UTC (Mon) by smoogen
Parent article: Prior art won't solve the software patent problem (NewsForge)
I do not see what RMS's viable alternative for getting a showcase of bad patents and prior art together is.
Demanding that software patents be abolished is spitting in the wind at the moment. Trying to get attention to problems with sit-ins and poster sessions sounds nice, but gets spun rapidly by the monied interests as "crank hippy protesters who never did an 'honest days work' in their lives anyway".. Most people will believe that and go on with their lives.. because most do not know how patents affect them.
Most people in Europe and North America have no reference beyond the old "patents" are the way that the lone inventor can prosper.. and do not know that patents these days are not about inventions but about proxy wars and keeping large companies from having competition. To be honest, until people see on Boston Legal or some other mass produced show that software patents are a problem that affects them daily... it wont get poll numbers and without poll numbers representatives will feel fine taking money to protect the big industry companies.
It may be more risky, but I think by building a large pool of prior art that shows how absurd patents are being awarded these days (and how some of the large pools of patents that IBM etc have are also based on prior art) is a good thing. It gives advocates for the end of software patents something to point to when they say "The Emperor has no clothes." It gives reporters something they can use to "follow the money" when they need to figure out why US Congress and the European Union Commisions are always balking on this.
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