Friday, June 25, 2010

Technology Patents

Timothy B. Lee, filling in for Megan, posts about patents, and software patents in particular. He writes:
Microsoft, for example, has charged that the Linux operating system infringes 235 of its patents. This isn't a sign that Linux developers stole Microsoft source code, it's simply a reflection of the fact that Microsoft holds so many patents that it's essentially impossible to create a non-trivial software program without infringing some of them.

FLG remains convinced that every piece of software running on any computer anywhere today is covered by some patent locked in an IBM vault somewhere. He guess these things have run out, but he'd never get into a software patent fight with IBM. Other people haven't been as smart as FLG.

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