InformationWeek: How To Take (Yet Another) Beating
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 15 Apr 2009 20:06
Number of posts: 1
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Complaint #2 keeps coming back into the limelight, pretty much whenever the words "Microsoft", "patent" or "intellectual property" (pick any two) are breathed in the same sentence. My feelings about software patents have been deeply mixed for a long time, trending towards negative. The more I see of how little protection they actually afford, and how much of a hassle they end up being for everyone involved -- including the very people who are supposed to benefit from them -- the less I'm convinced they need to be defended so aggressively. They create more problems than they solve, even though in the short run it looks like you're winning.
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