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  Software Patents in the EU
Subject:   Patents
Date:   2005-03-09 08:29:42
From:   Mobius_][
The more I see, the more I'm beginning to believe that patens, as a whole, are a bad idea.

Most times, innovation is incremental - a pyramidal structure of thousands of small ideas, all piled one atop the other. Rarely do we see great leaps, where an idea is so striking that it changes a paradigm.

A patent benefits an individual entity (person, corporation, whatever) by allowing that entity sole use of the patented process/product/whatever. It also, as a side effect, hurts society - the patented concept is unusable by anyone but the patent holder, except under license. This adds a 'parasitic drag' to the free flow of ideas, and drives up prices for services and items based on the patent.

and now I have to go to a meeting, so I'll have to stop here ;)

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    2005-03-10 06:38:29  Futal [View]

    The side effect problem is that the patent holder is not even granted the right to use her/his patent, only to exclude other to do so. Then, she/he can only use the patent if it doesn't infringe other patents and to make a software, that doesn't mean to trade for a couple of patents but hundreds of them. I nice barrier not to spend time upon innovation...