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2006-05-03 Patents

Kleiner Rundgang durch den neuesten Softwarepatente-Schwachsinn bei Heise:

Eine unwissentliche Patentverletzung würde nicht vor den wirtschaftlichen Konsequenzen schützen, wenn für eine Software zur Verbrauchserfassung plötzlich horrende Lizenzgebühren gefordert werden. Kleine und mittlere Unternehmen, die im Bereich der Softwareentwicklung tätig sind, würden “durch die allgegenwärtige Gefahr einer Patentverletzung letzten Endes mit einem erheblichen Rechercheaufwand belastet”. [1]

And a nice little reminder of how the patent system fails to protect small inventors on RightToCreate:

Farnsworth battled RCA in court and was eventually vindicated by the USPTO as the sole inventor of television, but “time ran out. Farnsworth’s key patents expired in 1947, just a few months before TV sales took off from 6,000 sets in use nationwide to tens of millions by the mid-1950s. RCA captured nearly 80 percent of the market, while Farnsworth was forced to sell the assets of his company.” [2]

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