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Study for US Congress outlines options against patent trolls (The H)

Study for US Congress outlines options against patent trolls (The H)

Posted Sep 9, 2012 1:43 UTC (Sun) by apoelstra (subscriber, #75205)
In reply to: Study for US Congress outlines options against patent trolls (The H) by karim
Parent article: Study for US Congress outlines options against patent trolls (The H)

> They should just use the same criteria as are already applied by the PTO to trademarks: you can't register it if you aren't *actively* using it in commerce and you loose it within 3 years of not *actively* using it in commerce. As simple as that.

It sounds to me that we (supporters of software freedom) could then buy patents we don't like, sit on them for three years, and they'd magically become public domain.

Sounds good to me, but I suspect this wouldn't fly with much of the corporate world.


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Study for US Congress outlines options against patent trolls (The H)

Posted Sep 10, 2012 8:29 UTC (Mon) by ekj (guest, #1524) [Link]

If you've bought the patent, you don't need to sit on it for three years. You can simply allow anyone to use it for any purpose effectively immediately.

Study for US Congress outlines options against patent trolls (The H)

Posted Sep 10, 2012 18:17 UTC (Mon) by k8to (subscriber, #15413) [Link]

Of course "allowing" is not as reassuring as "permanently public domain".


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