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Apple: Trust us, we've patented parts of Swift, and thus chunks of other programming languages, for your own good

bazza Silver badge

Re: Genuine Question

Thanks for the replies :-)

Trouble is that you ask teeth for the small fishes and you get fangs for the sharks.


Yes, the problem you cite is a very serious one. Unfortunately, "defensive" patents are things that are effectively unavailable to anyone but the very well-funded. If you can't defend your "defensive" patent -- which takes money -- then it's all but useless.

So we're basically in the position where we have a well funded, well fanged shark that is promising not to use them, and we just have to hope that the shark doesn't get too hungry? Seems to me like there needs to be some political leadership / action on such a matter so that the patent system gets oh hang on, silly me.

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