Now you are just bitter...
Posted Jul 8, 2009 5:30 UTC (Wed) by khim
In reply to: Straw man attack - here we come!
Parent article: Ogg codecs dropped from HTML5
And Oracle. And Autodesk. And Adobe. And Borland. And Lotus.
All innovators at the time.
All? You mean Apple or AT&T were against software patents too?
was divided back then like it was now. World is not white and black - there
are other colors.
Have it your way. Software patents are just peachy and
everybody loves them. Let's have more of them. Then we'll have to have even
more stupid workarounds like the recent VFAT kernel stuff.
Again: don't oversiplify things. I never said software patents "are just
peachy" - on the contrary I think they must be abolished. Not because they
are pure evil, but because benefits are not big enough and fallout is way
too big. But when you are starting the whole "software patents have no good
sides to them at all" you just show yourself as someone totally detached
from reality - and so make all your other argument suspicious too.
And we have digital video today because we had software
patents. Otherwise, we'd still be stuck with the old analogue
Today? Nope. Not even close. We had diginal video 20 years ago because
of the patents and now we have huge mess in this area related to said
patents. Was the advantage of getting digital video sooner rather then
later worth it? Hard to say, but probably not. But it's no
coincidence that this area is so heavily patented - and to ignore the
fact is to throw out the baby with the bath water...
BTW, any idiot working at USPTO or any other patent office that
sees fit to approve moronic things like Microsoft's "computer bolted to the
car that has wireless" should be immediately fired and words "patently
stupid" tattooed on his/her forehead.
Nope. The system is designed in such a way as to punish honest worker
(lost royalties! waaah!) and reward hustlers (Ok - this patent was thrown
out by court... let's try the other 100 patents we have available).
If the problem was moved to courts - it should be fixed there. Right now
the patent litigation process is designed in such a way as to make it great
for patent trolls and disaster for honest guys. Even if you win patent
litigation and prove that patent was frivolous - you get nothing in return!
May be pat on the head... If we know that a lot of patents are
bogus - why not introduce something like "reverse treble damages" for
litigator? I mean: Microsoft is free to claim it lost $100'000'000 because
TomTom refused to buy license patents in question - but then it should be
ready to pay $300'000'000 if the patents are reexamined and invalidated.
This will make 99% patents useless - but the rock-solid ones will be kept
I'm not the sure it's the best way to fix the patent mess. May be, may
be not. But we should think in this direction and not in direction of deus
ex machine which can remove all frivolous patents from existence after the
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