Infographic: "When Patents Attack!" from patent good to patent profiteering |

Infographic: "When Patents Attack!" from patent good to patent profiteering

Posted 06 Jan 2012 by 

Ruth Suehle (Red Hat)
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The problem with patents
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This week FrugalDad posted an infographic about how the patent system has reacted to the rapid pace of technology, inspired by the "When Patents Attack!" episode of NPR's This American Life.

As he writes in the graphic, patents were imagined as a way to "promote the progress of science and useful arts," but they've become a path to litigation instead. See how we went from "the right idea" (even the high-fiving robot arm) to "patent profitteers" and the "selfless innovator."

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Charles Kinsbury

The bases to get a patent need to change. What can be pantened will protect the corperations. The workers like to get thier names on patent.

It will be very difficuld to change a system that is over 200 years old. It has made many people very rich. Money means power in the USA.

Bur remember the Eiie Whitny did not get rich from the Cotton Gin. He made guns with interchangable parts..

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Ruth Suehle leads community marketing for Red Hat's Open Source and Standards team, including the Fedora Project and is the moderator of the Life channel here on She's co-author of Raspberry Pi Hacks

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