from the seriously? dept
I'm really trying to figure out how patents are helping anyone here, so perhaps the regular patent defenders can explain. Here's a highly dynamic market, where there are lots of competitors entering the space and trying out different things. The general concept of group buying is pretty straightforward and simple. It's hard to see how or why that deserves a patent. In fact, if you look closely at the space, you begin to notice that Groupon's success has had very little to do with the idea -- but with a few underlying tricks: in particular the fact that Groupon works really hard at good content production. It employs a bunch of writers, which make their deals seem more fun. So, quite seriously, if someone could explain how patents have benefited this market, I'd like to know. Because right now it seems to only be helping out a bunch of lawyers, at the expense of users.