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Subject:   Patents-yes or no?
Date:   2005-03-09 10:08:57
From:   sandandbears
I won't go into detail, but as an overview, the Internet ( as well as numerous other items before patents came about ) was developed without the restrictions that patents impose, and the results are wonderful and useful without end.
The M$ came along and started in with it's patent everything nonsense, and you now have to open your pocket every time Bill feel short of funds. Open source, doesn't drain your pockets in that way, and usually is the source of the greatest of new innovations. (Compare the patched-up, patented mess that M$ provides(?) you with), and it's easy for me to conclude that patents should not be applied to software.
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  • Patents-yes or no?
    2005-03-14 04:41:31  jwenting [View]

    Ah, the mandatory anti-Microsoft post. Wondered how long it would take.
    If you had a grain of intelligence and any idea of how the real world works you'd know that Microsoft actually started late in life in the patent game. The author of the original article wants them to look bad (of course, he sounds like a linux zealot) but he's dead wrong.
    The majority of patents Microsoft (yes, I can write their true name in full several times in a row without exploding in a puff of smoke) were btw acquired by purchasing companies that held patents, especially their earlier ones.
    If at this stage they're actively pursueing patents in order to prevent other companies from patenting things that Microsoft invented and uses a lot (after all, that's what the patent haters accuse people who take out patents of constantly) that's only good business sense.
    So far Microsoft has shown themselves an excellent neighbour and haven't used any of their patents to attack others, only to protect themselves against attack.