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Technology is too complex for patents to work menaingfully

Posted March 20th, 2013 by E in MN
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"Dizzying but invisible depth" - an article on the complexity of technology, why the patent system is broken, and, indirectly, a demonstration of why central planning cannot be effective in complex settings.

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Apple patent could remotely disable protesters' phone cameras

Posted September 4th, 2012 by WaxCrax
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A new patent, granted to Apple, could prevent academic cheating, cinema interruptions, but also see areas of political protest activity 'ring-fenced' disabling phone and tablet cameras.

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Why There Are Too Many Patents in America

Posted July 14th, 2012 by thekeychainkid
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The problems plaguing America's intellectual property system.

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Supreme Court Rejects Business Patents On Abstract Ideas From Nature

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Tuesday that medical tests that rely on correlations between drug dosages and treatment are not eligible for patent protection. Writing for the court, Justice Stephen G. Breyer said natural laws may not be patented standing alone or in connection with processes that involve “well-understood, routine, conventional activity.”

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Apple hates the free market

Apple is using a patent from 1996 to get the government to stop android phones from being smart. It's not even a tangible part of the equipment.

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Microsoft builds profits with lawyers

Posted May 3rd, 2010 by BobRobertson
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Microsoft is using the government monopoly grants to bludgeon anyone who creates a successful business without using Microsoft. Their liars, I mean lawyers, are using the threat of patent infringement to extort payments without ever actually specifying what those "infringements" are.
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Free Money!

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Saw Maker Loses Lawsuit for NOT Violating Patent

Posted March 19th, 2010 by celestrion
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Ryobi was sued by a customer who injured his hand while operating a table saw. The plaintiff contended that, had Ryobi included a competitor's patented "Stop Saw" technology, the injury would've been prevented. Ryobi wanted to include that technology, but the competitor refused to license the technology at a price Ryobi could afford to pay while still selling a competing product. Thanks to patent law, Ryobi gets to pay anyway, and a "citizen" has a permanently damaged hand.

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