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Linus Torvalds: Software and Process Patents Don't Make Sense

Nov 04, 2011, 01:00 (0 Talkback[s])


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"I think copyrights, and especially patent disputes, get really nasty really quickly. Especially on patents, it's like winner take all on completely insane grounds - there is no middle ground. You either win or you lose. That makes it a very nasty thing from a legal perspective.

I have filed at least 3 patents during Transmeta times. They were about hardware so I am happy about them. It was an interesting experience. I am not saying they were wonderful patents--I am saying it was interesting to see the crazy patent language you have to have and that's the reason you have to have a patent lawyer because the language makes no sense. In US it's technically English but it's not really English.

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