Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Patent Doomsday

John Soat describes a chilling patent doomsday scenario over at InformationWeek, and invites you to do the same.

Let us know what you come up with and we'll point to your blog entry or webpage. Or feel free to compose your scenario and attach as a comment to this post.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Soat has a good imagination. The sad thing is, it probably doesn't take much imagination to envision the world which he describes -- the phrase "patent thermonuclear option" has been around for some time now.

11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Soat is er........ a little confused

What a shame ! He doesn't even know that Google doesn't have much of a patent portfolio, for now at least.

And there is a BIG difference between accidental and innocent patent infringement and willfull and purposeful infringement of someone else's patent.

Hey, John, you might as well describe a shopping doomsday scenario when every shopper in US refuses to pay for the merchandise.
How is that for another BS article ?

11:49 AM  
Anonymous Jerry said...

If you went back 50 years, I'll bet most inventors and innovators would be absolutely shocked at how we are abusing patents today. Their "doomsday" scenarios would probably not even imagine describing things like NTP v. RIM, or the plethora of ridiculous patents that get granted every year, or that fact that one could patent math (as with the RSA patent), or the existence of firms that do nothing more than buy up patents and then broadly sue industry and startups over their acquired "rights."

If things continue as they are, the future could be even darker than Soat imagines.

12:23 PM  

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