Sunday, January 29, 2006

Go RIM...

Pretty good overview story on the blackberry suit..
http://www.globetechnology.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20060128.wxcover0128/BNStory/Technology/

The patent system is desperate need of reform for a great many reasons. This is one of them. I think patent-holding firms should be abolished, but in order to do that, limitations on unproductive patents need to be created.
In the end, patents need to become a little more like trademarks, where you have to continually use and enforce your rights in order to maintain them.
The whole submerged-patent thing is also completely ridiculous. In essence, this case shows how what's right and what's legal are currently not lining up in our system of intellectual property ownership.

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