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Microsoft Corp.'s success in reversing a $1.52 billion trial loss was the latest in a series of court victories that may undermine its chance for broad changes in U.S. patent law this year.

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kiba

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If we get rid of patents altogether,

If we get rid of patents altogether, we wouldn't have all these shenanigans.

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aboutblank

9 years 50 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago

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The idea of patents aren't bad,

The idea of patents aren't bad, the problem is the quality of the patent. In the US, there are patents that cover anti-gravity devices, time travelling machines, and perpetual motion devices! Software patents should not deserve patent protection. The length of time for each patent should be no longer than 15 years.

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kiba

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aboutblank: No, patents are just

aboutblank: No, patents are just plain evil, utter evil.

The government granted the inventors monopoly on a certain type of technologies. That's pure insanity for you.

They are the cause for the delay of the industrial revolution because a damn steam engine inventor spend too much time suing/leveraging his political connection instead of innovating or responding to competitions. In one case, he managed to drive an inventor to debt/penniless and delay an important improvement in the evolution of steam engines.

Food for thought: industries such as the Italian pharmaceutical industry thrive without patents, and a certain African company produced more movies than all the nations with copyright law.

Links to where I got some of my facts from:
http://www.dklevine.com/general/intellectual/against.htm
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-166095432964105847

I know that my views are unpopular. But hey, Free software ideal is still an unpopular view.