Posted Feb 25, 2012 12:34 UTC (Sat) by khim
In reply to: Stolen products
Parent article: If Android is a "stolen product," then so was the iPhone (ars technica)
*DESIGN* patents aren't bad, when not abused ...
Interesting. How can they promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts? Traditionally patents are justified as "disclosure in exchange to limited monopoly" - but with design patents there are no disclosure thus we are left with pure, distilled, unadulterated, evil side - with no upsides at all.
But when used properly, design patents are like trademarks, saying "don't copy my *artistic* work".
If the work is artistic enough the you should use trademarks to protect it. Patents are not needed. If it's functional, then it should not be protected at all. Imagine a world where each car has it's own "artistic" controls.
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