Re: Two and a half years ago I wrote
Patents are both a good and bad idea.
Good that they protect new ideas which should drive innovation. With the right licensing allowing others to build on your patent and have even better things possible :)
The bad some patents are way to broad and/or for something that is obvious. Then rather than being used to protect innovation they are used to stop others from competing.
Also enforcement of them is very much down to how deep your pockets are which is to my mind the very opposite of the reason for patents. Which should be to protect companies from having their ideas stolen by other companies with either. Also with how quickly things become obsolete is 20 years to long for some things?
What would be nice is a better way for patents to be licensed which would allow the patent to be protected but also not stop innovation.
Pint for the one who can fix Patents :)