EFF Launches New Patent Reform Project to Defend Innovation
Posted Jun 20, 2012 16:03 UTC (Wed) by dashesy
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Parent article: EFF Launches New Patent Reform Project to Defend Innovation
In designing codecs (and places where advanced math techniques are required to solve a practical problem with limited resources) at least a certain degree of real innovation is required. It is similar to hardware techniques really, only that with current technology, hardware and software can sometimes be mixed and matched. For example a certain Viterbi algorithm can be written all in software, or have a chip to do the same thing faster (or with less power consumption), or one may write an FPGA software to do that on programmed hardware.
The problem with such true innovations is that standards start using them, and at some point we all have to pay taxes.
IMO, the real problem however is with clear to software community, not so clear to patent officers, pseudo-innovative ideas, specially through hired pseudo-innovators, people with advanced degrees that sit in a cubicle and come up problematic software patents. Then lawyers obfuscate the wording to an extent the original author will not understand a word.
Unfortunately, sometimes companies with general policy against software patents need those professionals just to come up with defensive patents. I do not know a small company could have afforded to defend against some of those obviously stupid patents (such as pop-up), let alone something like recent Oracle vs Google over Java API.
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