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  • Jan 29th, 2013 @ 7:51am

    Is it really that bad?

    Maybe I am biased, but isn't this good? Mattel tried to abuse the copyright system and was forced to pay for MGA's legal fees. Awards like this may encourage other attorneys to take low-income defendants(a relative term when it comes to this type of litigation). It may also discourages other copyright trolls.

  • Apr 5th, 2010 @ 6:03pm

    Re: I dont think so

    I have to disagree with the non-patentability of software patents. The problem with many software patents is they are obvious (they do something obvious but with a computer) or they have prior art. But a real non-obvious, novel process should be patentable. Complex software that takes teams of engineers weeks or months to design should have patent protection. If not, their desire to invest that time and money would be diminished. I still believe the problem with software and patents is that the bar to patentability is too low and that the patent examiners don't really understand software and let patents through that don't really even meet their current bar.