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Forum Post: "Patent wars" and intellectual property

Posted 2 years ago on Feb. 4, 2012, 2:42 p.m. EST by ciaoant1 (16)
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Most of us have probably heard about one company suing another over pattens and intellectual property rights (for example, Kodak sued Apple and HTC over digital image patents, Motorola Sued Apple Over iPhone 4S and iCloud, and Intel bought RealNetworks' patents and video coding tech over the last month alone), but what does it all mean for us and why do patents inhibit progress, discovery and innovation?

Check out this great article on npr.org (it's a bit long, so i won't copy-paste it here):

When Patents Attack http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2011/07/26/138576167/when-patents-attack

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[-] 1 points by dreamingforward (394) from Tacoma, WA 2 years ago

The problem is, intellectual properties require a completely different sphere of compensation and enforcement than physical properties. Outside that you have poor attempts to apply the latter to the former. See pangaia.sf.net.