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IP as a Joke

Monopoly corrupts. Absolute monopoly corrupts absolutely.

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If IBM holds a patent for 'Posting messages to an interactive service':

US 5,796,967 - Presenting Applications in an Interactive Service. US 5,442,771 - Storing Data in an Interactive Network. US 7,072,849 - Presenting Advertising in an Interactive Service. US 5,446,891 - Adjusting Hypertext Links with Weighted User Goals and Activities. US 5,319,542 - Ordering Items Using an Electronic Catalog.

When you put that much power in the hands of big business they do what they always do, eliminate competition, just eliminate them. Then suppress markets until a foreign market emerges to catch up.

American companies cannot compete with the "liability" (I say that scoffing; as you simply cant write a remotely useful piece of software without infringing on hundreds of patents).

I would like to point out that the Obama administration has filed a brief in the Bliski case. They / he is missing the point here. They want an idea to be patentable just long as its a process that involves a computer. Patents were never intended to be applied to anything abstract. http://www.patentlyo.com/patent/2009/09/bilski-briefing-government-argues-that-section-101-processes-are-limited-to-technological-and-industrial-processes.html

In the long run it's going to be impossible to coheres other nations to accept our IP. The reason is, THERE IS NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN!!! Everyone has the same ideas. The first one to the PTO gets to sue everyone else. It's bad enough in a nation, but the one person in the entire world owning the exclusive rights to a concept is utterly asinine. An emerging economy has NO incentive to wait twenty years to implement technology that could enable it to compete in the global marketplace. So what your really left with is US companies falling further and further behind.

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