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Stop talking about "Software Patents" as being special

Stop talking about "Software Patents" as being special

Posted Nov 8, 2012 19:39 UTC (Thu) by dlang (subscriber, #313)
In reply to: Stop talking about "Software Patents" as being special by pboddie
Parent article: Let’s Limit the Effect of Software Patents, Since We Can’t Eliminate Them (Wired)

There are always going to be some companies that choose secrecy over patents. Coca-Cola has built quite a company around a trade secret formula.

The existance of a few such companies is not a problem, but you are right, where a large percentage of companies cling to secrecy, there is a problem.

A good example of this is the current GPU market, just about everyone is keeping the details of what they are doing secret, in spite of a large number of patents being filed.


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Stop talking about "Software Patents" as being special

Posted Nov 8, 2012 21:19 UTC (Thu) by Cyberax (✭ supporter ✭, #52523) [Link]

Coca-Cola is a bad example. A good lab can easily reverse-engineer Coca-Cola's formula, with moderate expenses.

It just makes no sense to do this. Nobody would buy your drink if you market it as: "Tastes exactly like Coca-Cola!"


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