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

The problem with patents

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." » Read more

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A possible game changer for invalidating bad software patents

A case now before the Supreme Court could lower the threat level created by bad patents in a meaningful way. The issue before the Court is whether to change the burden of proof on patent invalidity from clear-and-convincing evidence to the preponderance standard. This change would be good for free and open source software. » Read more

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