Subject: Re: patents and web services
From: "Stephen J. Turnbull" <turnbull@sk.tsukuba.ac.jp>
Date: Sun, 04 Jun 2006 15:13:13 +0900

>>>>> "simo" == simo  <s@ssimo.org> writes:

    simo> Anything really useful would be rediscovered once somebody
    simo> else would really need it IMHO.

Precisely.  Patents are not intended to be a reward for discovering
answers to engineering problems.  Any troglodyte with a mail-order BS
in engineering can do that.  Patents are a reward for answering the
question, "Why would anybody think they need this?"

The implementation is very inaccurate, which makes patents a very
expensive device to accompish such reqards.

    simo> Same level of bogus assumptions you do, you seem to assume
    simo> that a Company would like to share a secret without taking a
    simo> very big advantage out of doing that.

No such assumption is necessary for patents to be socially beneficial
(it's also unlikely to be sufficient for software patents).  It is of
course necessary to ensure that the privileges that hackers have
enjoyed to date are maintained.

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