If you think software patents are bad enough...
Posted Jan 1, 2012 11:46 UTC (Sun) by khim
In reply to: BT Sues Google for Patent Infringements (Wired)
Parent article: BT Sues Google for Patent Infringements (Wired)
Actually software patents are not the worst thing imaginable.
You've mentioned "one-click patent" - but it's not software patent, it's UI patent. UI patents are worse then software patents: where software patents are "useful in theory but not in practice" these (as well as business patents) are unconditionally evil.
They give no disclosure gain at all (because by necessity they are disclosed when they are actually used... and if they are useless even to the inventor then do we even need such inventions at all?) yet they still include all the negative sides from other kinds of patents.
Modern patents were introduced by well-known act yet it's quite obvious that Industrial Revolution was enabled not by the part which gave limited monopoly for "new inventions" but by it's repeal of way-to-broad patents which existed before. Today slow creep of patent's scope brought us to almost the same position again: we don't yet have patents for salt sale, but we already have patents for rectangular piece of plastic...
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