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Require revelation!

Require revelation!

Posted May 27, 2013 2:16 UTC (Mon) by giraffedata (subscriber, #1954)
In reply to: Require revelation! by dlang
Parent article: Google releases a draft VP8 patent cross-license

I guess you don't think a patent search is anything like a title search. And you also overrate title searches. They don't definitively prove anything, which is why title insurance and quiet title lawsuits (and other title-based lawsuits) exist.

(I should point out for those outside the US trying to follow this analogy: in most of the US, unlike many other countries, the government doesn't keep track of who owns what land; it's a matter for litigation based on document trails; it's easy for disputes to exist).

What's being proposed is the equivalent of the title search against a particular companies patents.

That's the opposite of what was proposed in this thread. Max proposed you ask the patent holder directly which patent gives him rights over your product and he has to tell you. That's like asking Omar for the deed record number in my analogy. A title search is where Tom searches through a pile of public records, reading and interpreting them, and Omar doesn't lift a finger. Much like today's patent search.

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