F22raptom: Lower the thing to 0 years
F22raptom: Lower the thing to 3 years Let me sit around, do nothing, and then steal the work of others instead of actually having my own R&D.
BMFPitt: Abolish them, except maybe for very specific algorithms.
BostonEMT: Why not treat code as pretty much the same thing as a book or song?
t3knomanser: BMFPitt: Abolish them, except maybe for very specific algorithms.Algorithms cannot be patented at all. Calling them "software patents" is a misnomer. They are patents that protect a business process- a route to getting to an end result- that involve software.My solution: compulsory licensing, like we have with music.
ronaprhys: F22raptom: Lower the thing to 3 years Let me sit around, do nothing, and then steal the work of others instead of actually having my own R&D.FTFYNow, don't get me wrong - we need reform (on a number of fronts). However, the general concept behind patents is a very useful deal. Innovators get to profit from their ideas, competitors are forced to come up with better mousetraps. If you didn't have that, there's the potential for people to just wait and copy - which would lead to less innovation. I'd say the better focus is what the patent office is looking at. Limit the applicability and vague wording of current patents such that Apple's "sue anyone who makes anything" concept won't work. Set things up to prevent patent-trolling. In today's modern age, it's even possible to look at reducing a patent's duration. Not by some huge amount, but by an amount that better reflects the speed of technological refreshes that are pertinent to that industry.
steamingpile: They seriously need to change a lot of their bullshiat, companies have now started using it for medications it looks like too by changing just small things will extend their patent for a long time.Revisit entertainment patent issues as well, tired of seeing record companies best the life out of artists they farked over for years.
F22raptom: Lower the thing to 3 years
Ehcks: For, say, a computer operating system, Windows XP would be free of patents, and Windows 7 will be off as soon as they release Windows 8 this year.
t3knomanser: BostonEMT: Why not treat code as pretty much the same thing as a book or song?Code is protected under copyright. Software patents don't protect the code, they protect the business function.
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