Banning SW patents disables patent system?
Posted Nov 14, 2010 2:42 UTC (Sun) by Max.Hyre
In reply to: Best opinion piece on open source and patents in a long time
Parent article: Red Hat's Secret Patent Deal and the Fate of JBoss Developers (Gigaom)
[Disallowing software patents] won't happen simply because the collateral damage caused to other industries is huge (you either have to do away with the largest part of the patent system [...])
How is it that excluding software patents requires eviscerating the patent system? The U.S. used computers for thirty or so years without software patents. The patent system appeared to work just fine during that period. :-)
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