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OIN expands its coverage
Posted Mar 14, 2012 0:20 UTC (Wed) by droundy (subscriber, #4559)
Posted Mar 14, 2012 1:22 UTC (Wed) by cortana (subscriber, #24596)
Posted Mar 14, 2012 12:55 UTC (Wed) by dgm (subscriber, #49227)
But maybe a better approach would be to find a loophole in the patent system, in the spirit of Copyleft. Note how actually the patent law letter is abused to the exact opposite of it's initial intent (foster innovation). We need a symmetrical hack to reverse the situation.
I wouldn't be surprised to discover that RMS is thinking about it right now.
Posted Mar 14, 2012 17:44 UTC (Wed) by armijn (subscriber, #3653)
Posted Mar 15, 2012 11:28 UTC (Thu) by dgm (subscriber, #49227)
A Copyleft style hack would use the patent system to enforce the desired behavior. The problem being that patents are not like Copyrights, that are automatically granted...
Posted Mar 17, 2012 17:37 UTC (Sat) by giraffedata (subscriber, #1954)
I would define it as: using any kind of patent in any kind of litigation.
So it would be for companies that are willing to give up exclusive use of every possible invention in exchange for the same from other members. I can definitely see how most of the current OIN members would not be interested in that. OIN restricts itself to certain kinds of inventions, but the members still get much use out of patents on other inventions.
I note that major patent holders frequently lobby for patent law changes, but they never argue for eliminating patents altogether.
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