Re: One way for Motorola to cure its ills
"Unlike a lot of the would-be hippies at el reg, who believe that patents are just plain uncool, maaan,"
Warning: comment author's brain engaging rhetorical autopilot...
"I understand the manufacturers' desire to protect their intellectual property and to make a few bucks from their brainchildren, but this law-festing really has got out of control. BTW, it would be interesting to learn how many of the same scrap-the-patents people would be all for any patent that they ever managed to secure for work they had done, but, I digress."
It would be interesting if anyone parroting the "intellectual property must be protected!" meme had actually considered the differences between the different forms of "intellectual property", notably the part where aliens from another planet could be sued for patent infringement upon stepping out of their spacecraft and performing some act or other that some aspiring monopolist thinks that they "invented" and "own".
"Do companies like Apple et al simply design something and then sit back and wait for the envelopes bearing that now infamous East Texas postmark to hit the doormat, or do they research what must by now be trillions of patents, many of them ridiculous, baseless and indefensible? Time for the trolls to be weeded out by a patenting system that knows what it is they are permitting patents for and that kicks the truly frivolous applications into some very long grass."
Nope. Time for entire classes of patents to be put in the bin where they belong. Anything else is just, "Please tweak the system so that it makes money for me but not him over there who I hate!"