BT Sues Google for Patent Infringements (Wired)
Posted Dec 20, 2011 23:48 UTC (Tue) by pboddie
In reply to: BT Sues Google for Patent Infringements (Wired)
Parent article: BT Sues Google for Patent Infringements (Wired)
The fundamental question is this: should we be granting monopolies on the application of solutions to particular problems and to entire problem domains? Moreover, in fields where those solutions borrow heavily from existing, freely available and freely usable work, and where many people are likely to arrive at such a solution on their own through the natural, routine practice of their profession (which involves the application of skills like observation and deduction, not the perusal of a patent catalogue), should we deny those people the right to apply their independently discovered solution to a problem domain just because someone else has claimed to have already "invented" the only solution?
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