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  • Nov 24th, 2009 @ 8:45am

    Re: caving

    To try to add some more constructive criticism of that "opposing view"...

    Junk Patents: "Unless you have a good patent, you will not get the money."

    That is often not the objective. Since investors won't touch a new company with an IP claim against them, it can be used to bully startups and close down competition, which is payment itself.

    Stifling Innovation: "Large companies like Microsoft who are the principal proponents of the Patent Reform Bill tend to primarily use their patents defensively"

    I would cite Microsoft's use of a universally agreed "junk patent" on FAT against TomTom as a prime example of why both those assertions are false.

    An "offensive" act against a vulnerable company that was inconveniently proving Linux as a viable platform for market-leading embedded devices.

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