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Monday, 07 November 2011 11:54

US patent system is broken

Written by Nick Farell

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Google states the obvious

Google's patent counsel, Tim Porter, has told the San Francisco Chronicle that the US patent system is broken. He said that for too long, the patent office granted protection to broad, vague or unoriginal ideas masquerading as inventions and that is given rise to the current daft situation.

Companies including Oracle, Apple and Microsoft all claim that Android is built on technology protected by their patents. Oracle sued Google while Apple and Microsoft have gone after the companies using the software, demanding injunctions against selling devices or licensing fees.

Major players have been buying up intellectual-property holdings of companies like Novell and Nortel. Porter explained that the perpetual legal rows are sucking up time and resources that would otherwise go toward pushing this technology forward and developing the next disruptive inventions.

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-7 #1 robert3892 2011-11-07 12:53
Poor Google. License the patents you need to license for Android and get on with business just like every other mobile phone company.
 
 
+2 #2 Bl0bb3r 2011-11-07 14:13
Quoting robert3892:
Poor Google. bla bla, bla bla bla.



What if Apple doesn't want to license their... patents, whatever lie that might mean in their case, and are just pretending to do. Or Microsoft?

And it's not "poor google"... Tim Porter has a point, the patent system is in place to prevent misuse of ideas, misuse based on reverse engineering or industrial espionage. That said, how the heck did that office grant protection to even the simplest things, which can be thought up by multiple people without the two scenarios mentioned above, by simple coincidence. How does that translate to patent infringement? It doesn't. Reminds me of the apple airbags pattent for phones, pathetic and simple... who should sue them?
 
 
0 #3 D31337Antics 2011-11-07 21:42
It's been broken for a while now. If Apple can patent the term "multi-touch" or Interactive Gaming on smart phones?

What a joke of a system, just like our health care system.
 

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