. .


Software Patents - Harmful to Meaningless

September 11, 2010 10:29:06.458

I like this take on the patent system from Slashdot:

The backlog of patents is almost 730K. And the Commerce Department under the Obama administration wants the average down to 20 months. How does this happen? Only if everyone closes their eyes and pretends. It's time to take drastic action, like ending software patents. As it is, by the time companies get a software patent, there's little value to them because, after six years, the industry has already moved on.

At the very least, any patent should require a working version of what's being patented - so that utterly absurd things like the Paul Allen suits are impossible.

Technorati Tags: , ,

posted by James Robertson

 Share Tweet This