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[ale] OT: sort of it is about OSS
While I agree that there is a need to encourage R&D, "someplace in China"
etc will copy your device, patent or no and undercut you anyway.
Software patents in general are of questionable pedigree
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On Fri, Feb 15, 2013 at 2:48 PM, Ron Frazier (ALE) <
atllinuxenthinfo at techstarship.com> wrote:
> Jim Kinney <jim.kinney at gmail.com> wrote:
> >On Fri, Feb 15, 2013 at 11:36 AM, Jeff Hubbs <jhubbslist at att.net>
> >> On 2/14/13 10:43 PM, Scott Castaline wrote:
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> >>> Has anyone seen this?
> >>> http://pyfound.blogspot.com/**2013/02/python-trademark-at-**
> >>> Are trademarks treated differently that patents? To me it just seems
> >>> like a pile of crap that someone can come along and do that to
> >> Yes. Patents are a temporary monopoly on an idea, granted by
> >> in exchange for full disclosure.
> >And they should be dropped entirely.
> I can see both sides of the fence. I tend to think software patents
> should be eliminated or severely curtailed. Things like virtual lab test
> instruments muddy the waters, where, the instrument IS the software
> program, and it's just attached to a bit of I/O conditioning circuits. I
> tend to think patents should be substantially reduced in the modern world.
> HOWEVER, say you've just developed the next world's greatest internet
> networking widget appliance. Your market research shows there will be
> strong demand. You've spent $ 20 million to pay for R&D, programming,
> machining, molds, templates, assembly lines, market research, and initial
> production. You face another $ 5 million in marketing costs. You're ready
> to go. But, you know that if you put the device on the market without any
> legal protection, it will be reverse engineered and cloned within 90 days
> in China or elsewhere. Since they didn't incur those up front costs,
> they'll be undercutting your price by a factor of 5. Assuming the clone
> products are functionally equivalent and marketed well, theirs will sell
> and yours won't. You will lose much of your $ 25 million.
> etc. etc.
> There has to be a way to encourage businesses to take the risks and make
> the investment; as well as protect the consumers from being gouged. In my
> example above, assuming the market really wants the product, the inventor /
> company has every right to recoup the up front costs and make a reasonable
> profit on their product.
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