Open Invention Network or LF?
Posted Feb 27, 2009 14:49 UTC (Fri) by forthy
In reply to: Open Invention Network or LF?
Parent article: Microsoft sues TomTom
Yes, IMHO this is the main reason something like OIN was created first
hand. And Microsoft definitely should know that their action is a call
for "nuke me". I'm sure they are vulnerable on the patent front, but if
they want real war, they should worry a lot more: Conficker's writers are
just a few criminal seeking for a botnet, they are not Linux hackers at
The other front line of course is the US patent system. E.g. the FAT
patent was disputed between 2004 and 2006, and finally, this completely
bogus patent was reinstated. While in 2007, a German court ruled
out that it is neither new (the Rock Ridge Extension to ISO CDs solves
the same problem in the patented way before VFAT), and not an invention
anyway (it does not go beyond common state of the art practice). If you
have some contact with Obama's team, make clear to them that the current
patent system in the US is stifling innovations, and that the solution is
to at least ban all patents that were granted during the past decades,
where the rules were so lax that every horseshit went through as
novel "apparatus for attracting flies".
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