Theaetetus: Oh, and sadly, this has nothing to do with trolls, unless Subby is using a new definition of "patent troll" that's covers anyone with software patents. There are no substantial changes to the infringement or remedies sections.
warrenn: The problem with software patents is that they are mostly idea squatting. The company holding the patent has no intention of ever implementing it. They just use it to get revenue from or close down other companies which come up with an implementation of it.
warrenn: The problem with software patents is that they are mostly idea squatting. The company holding the patent has no intention of ever implementing it. They just use it to get revenue from or close down other companies which come up with an implementation of it.Big software companies reward their employees for coming up with patent ideas. So you'll have a group of employees meet regularly and think up patentable ideas. They submit them to the company to be patented, although they have no intention of ever implementing them. The ideas don't have to be related to the company's products or anything like it. If the idea becomes a patent, the employees get a bonus ($500). So you have lots of employees thinking of lots of patentable ideas. The company then has a huge patent war chest that it can use as leverage against other companies.Software patents should have a very short lifespan if not brought to market. That way you couldn't have a company holding 1000 patents on variations of scroll bar behavior even though they don't actually produce any products which use custom scrollbars.
enik: No protection of intellectual property from that corner of the world. Utterly shocking.
doglover: A better change, one that would actually be viable and help business: just make the lifespan of a bought patent six months if not brought to market.You have the patent for the the general idea of a touch-screen interface algorithm? Want to sue a startup making a touch screen device because they have IO code? Guess what, you have 180 days to utilize it or it goes tits up. On the other hand if you ARE a start up and you acquire this patent, you get the full original patent lifespan if you make a product incorporating it.This would really only harm the patent trolls.
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