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TeeJay (2309)

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Sunday December 03, 2006
05:41 AM

Software Patents - Time for change

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http://www.researchoninnovation.org/swconf/resources.htm

useful resource.. but there are much more persuasive references as well, disproving the myths that software patents are anything but a hinderence to innovation and business.

Some gem's include the fact that it costs more to patent software than the R&D itself, which entirely defeats the purpose of patents in encouraging R&D spending.

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  • I haven't yet had a chance to read most of the linked articles, but I was going to play devil's advocate for a second.

    • If you plan to make money by licensing the patent, the R&D and patent fees are both investments on eventual return, right?
    • If you do not plan to make money by licensing the patent, isn't it cheaper to publish the results of your R&D anyway rather than risk somebody else patenting it and suing you?

    And then I realized the least risky proposition in either case is to just not do