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post #21 of 45
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Originally Posted by Epitope View Post
There is a similar problem in the biology world. People are sequencing entire genomes, looking at the genomes and using computers to calculate every possible protein that DNA sequence could create, and then patenting those proteins. People don't even know if those proteins really exist or what their true function is yet and people are patenting them.

Besides, how can you patent stuff that was found in nature? In my opinion it's like patenting milk or beef...

Crazyness I tell you...

In my opinion you shouldn't be able to patent something unless you at least have a semi-functional prototype that can demonstrate what you are trying to patent.
Too logical and makes too much sense
IP/patent squatters would be instantly put out of business...but that is a pipe dream.
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post #22 of 45
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Originally Posted by mav451 View Post
Too logical and makes too much sense
IP/patent squatters would be instantly put out of business...but that is a pipe dream.
I agree haha. That would fix so much. But it's going down the drain like the rest of the good ideas that would benefit the people because it hurts corporations.
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post #23 of 45
Read through the transcript last night & I gotta say, really, really fascinating. It's so strange how we can develope these situations where billions of dollars are spent / traded on products, that are in any other context entirely worthless. Such a waste.

I think some people, may have missed the underlying issue illustrated though. Most of these companies (apple/ggl/msft/etc.) are doing this because they have to, to protect themselves from eachother. If you consider the big picture, there's not really a choice in the matter.
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post #24 of 45
I can envision the day when manufacturers start making everything into 100% replica knock-offs with all of the complete software/firmware/hardware bundled into an extremely cheap price, which will force multinational corporations into a submissive corner.
post #25 of 45
It's excellent so far (about 15 minutes in). I would like to knwo if people want to organize an anti-patent trolling campaign.
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post #26 of 45
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Originally Posted by jadawgis732 View Post
It's excellent so far (about 15 minutes in). I would like to knwo if people want to organize an anti-patent trolling campaign.
Sorry, Apple's got that patented already. /sarcasm

I do hope someone finds a way to raise public awareness about this issue. The Patent office is being blatantly abused and very few people are aware of it.
post #27 of 45
I think what would help clean up many of the arguments here is the use of the term patent troll. Everyone seems to apply this label to Apple just because Apple takes many of its competitors to court. Apple is not a patent troll.

A Patent troll is a pejorative term used for a person or company that enforces its patents against one or more alleged infringers in a manner considered (by the party using the term) unduly aggressive or opportunistic, often with no intention to manufacture or market the patented invention.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patent_troll

I think some people need to be less emotional when it comes to this sort of thing.
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post #28 of 45
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Apple is the definition of patent troll. Read the transcript!
    
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post #30 of 45
Good podcast - but I'm sure some one has patented that too.
Pretty sad that the system is being leached on so badly, it's only going to serve to stifle innovation.
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