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Topic: Patents do not protect small firms

Patents do not give protection to inventive small businesses because they are impossible to enforce, an organisation claiming to represent small technology companies has said.

http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2010/1 … ays_smeia/


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Re: Patents do not protect small firms

"Ironically, the biggest obstacles to innovation are exactly the structures that are intended to promote innovation. We need real patent and copyright reform.

There are too many stupid patents that add to the cost of innovation by forcing companies to pay extortionate licensing fees on patents that should never have been granted in the first place.

These patents are often owned by corporations whose only business function is to collect those fees and sue those who don't pay them. The productive companies that own some these patents only use them to stifle competition because they know it's cheaper to litigate and lobby than to innovate and compete. How could a small business hope to survive in that kind of setting?

Copyright has a similar problem. The big media companies spend money lobbying for stronger protections and spend more money suing potential customers than wooing them. They are fighting to maintain their failing business model through legislation and litigation instead of innovation. They're more focused on "protecting" existing content than they are on creating new content.

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/201102 … tion.shtml


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Re: Patents do not protect small firms

To understand why that is a loss to innovation, you might want to watch this 2005 panel discussion on peer to peer software, "P2P: Pirates, Producers, & Purchasers: Toward a New Ecology of Music and Entertainment," one of the most depressing you can watch if you actually care about innovation. You can view it as a video here. It was at a  conference on innovation and IP law that I attended that was sponsored by the University of North Carolina,

http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?stor … 1108493059