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  • Aug 19th, 2013 @ 6:47pm

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    So, essentially you want us to write Congress to tell them only big corporations should have the right to intellectual property?

    There is an interesting thing about the movie, Flash of Genius, Ford just wanted to steal the invention until the end of the movie. But the inventor won. They never told why he won. President Carter had the patent laws strengthened so inventors could get treble damages for willful infringement and corporations couldn't get out of paying by just stalling until the patents ran out. Now the corporate patent thieves (or innovators as Obama calls them) stall for decades but still have to pay for past damages.

    Unfortunately, the whole patent troll campaign is being used to reverse those changes and once again keep the small companies and individual inventors and universities out of the game. Yes, now universities do file patents to collect royalties for research and to make those pharmaceutical companies pay for products they partially develop for them. Really, destroying the patent system will make new technology available cheaper for a short time, and then no one is going to be developing anything.

    I do agree that there should be limits to discovery and the whole process should be cheaper. If individuals and small companies could sue at low cost for small damages, the patent troll companies would not be hired.

  • Aug 19th, 2013 @ 6:21pm

    aiding the enemy?

    I thought that when Obama said Snowden was aiding the enemy by telling the American people the NSA was spying on us, he meant the American people are the enemy. But if he found out himself from Snowden, perhaps he has met the enemy and it is himself!

  • Aug 19th, 2013 @ 6:08pm

    Re: Anonymous Coward

    Xerox is a trademarked term. Best call it copy machine.

  • Aug 19th, 2013 @ 6:02pm

    If Apple or Google had a case, they'd go to court

    I find the comment that the patent was never proven valid in court rather astonishing. It was shown valid by the US Patent and Trademark Office. Then all those "innovator" companies had their lawyers tear it apart, and they couldn't find any basis to attack it, so they settled, rather than go to court. Do you think they couldn't afford to go to court? Apple? Google? Believe me, patents are always challenged if their is any hope of finding them invalid. Every big company that paid a royalty first looked hard and long to see if they had any hope of getting out of it. The inventor just designed and figured out how to do it, why should he have to personally make the devices himself to get paid. By the way, Apple does't make its own inventions, it hires Chinese companies to actually make them, and if Korean companies do, they sue. Big companies steal inventions. A lot of technology really gets developed by small independent guys who try to sell to the patent thieves, and sometimes the thieves have to pay.