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First, we kill all the patent lawyers

May 04, 2010, 15:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

[ Thanks to sjvn for this link. ]

"Actually, I don't think we should kill all the patent lawyers. Some of my best friends are patent attorneys -- no, really. But I'd happily stick a knife into the American patent system.

"In the beginning, the U.S. patent system was meant to encourage inventors and innovation. Abraham Lincoln is reputed to have said, "The Patent System added the fuel of interest to the fire of genius." That was then. This is now.

"Today, unless the Supreme Court does the right thing and tosses out business practice and, by implication, software patents with the proper decision in the Bilski case, we're stuck with a system designed to wreck anyone who actually tries to implement his own ideas."

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