Re: Patent source code?
From: Gerry Quinn (gerryq_at_indigo.ie)
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2004 11:52:12 GMT
In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Willem <email@example.com> wrote:
>) Some in Europe - you certainly don't speak for all Europeans (including
>) those running the EPO). However, if software patents did not provide
>) some protection, it is hard to see why anyone would 'desperately' oppose
>Of course software patents provide protection. For rich companies.
>The companies I worked at patented everything that seemed like a really
>good idea, and published everything else, just to protect themselves from
>other people gaining patents and sueing.
>However, a lonely freelance programmer doesn't have the resources to patent
>every idea he comes up with.
Since doing that would not be cost effective for anyone, it hardly
>) And an initial patent application in europe costs only a few
>) thousand, I believe - not outside the financial resources of most people
>) capable of novel invention. The idea that the law serves only the rich
>) is nonsense, the last resort of those who have no real case to argue.
>Saying that without a counter argument is nonsense in itself.
On the contrary, it's clear and obvious that neither the purpose nor
action of the law is to serve only the rich. Of course, the rich have
more goods to protect - on the other hand they pay more taxes for law
>I claim that the idea that the law serves only the rich, and the case of
>patent law, is a valid claim and can't be wiped off the table with such a
>general deadbeat argument.
Deadbeat argument - is that when you can't get compensation from
somebody who has stolen your physical or intellectual property because
they are deadbeats, and you can't even recover legal costs? This is a
case where the law favours the poor. What about Dow Corning, destroyed
by false claims of compensation related to silicone implants?
>Fighting a patent case in court takes a huge amount of money.
>Therefore rich people and companies have a large advantage when it comes to
I will concede that they have advantages in some respects. On the other
hand, if they are suing someone who cannot afford compensation, it can
be argued that the defendant has an enormous advantage as the
patent-holder is on a hiding to nothing.
- Gerry Quinn