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When business interests want to lead patent reform, lookout

Posted by direwolff on October 22, 2006

I’m all for patent reform as there are lots of really bad things going on there and lots of patents being granted that should never have been issued. A dear friend who is also a dedicated patent buster and patent system dissident, Greg Aharonian, could provide a few days worth of data on why the patent system is already broken. He has a newsletter called Patent News that offers regular updates on patent related stories that can go from the absurd to the insane.

Between Greg’s influence and more recently reading Information Feudalism: Who Owns the Knowledge Economy (by Peter Drahos & John Braithwaite), I’m convinced that IBM’s desire to lead patent reform efforts as discussed in this article, is an effort worth being weary of and not to be taken lightly or allowed to go unchecked. No doubt that IBM is right about the system needing reform, the question is whether the reform they have in mind is the right kind or what’s truly needed at this time. Given their strong interests in the patent world, especially with the number of patents they regularly file and currently hold, their involvement is important but should not be as the lead of any reform effort in this area.

*** Update 10/23/06 – The following article was too appropriate not to include and link to:

IBM sues Amazon for violating patents

BM filed two lawsuits against Amazon.com on Monday, claiming key aspects of the internet retailer’s websites violate patents held by Big Blue.

Amazon is accused of infringing on five IBM patents, including technologies that govern how the site handles customer recommendations, advertising and data storage.

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2 Responses to “When business interests want to lead patent reform, lookout”

  1. Thanks for the tip on that book! I am one-clicking it as we speak. Do you think I have infringement liability exposure if I do that?

  2. p-air said

    Since I’m not an attorney, I’ll have to recommend you consult one on that matter ;-)

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