Subject: Re: patent trolls and X-licensors
From: Don Marti <>
Date: Mon, 5 Jun 2006 10:57:36 -0700

begin Thomas Lord quotation of Mon, Jun 05, 2006 at 10:23:42AM -0700:

> Even in software patents sometimes work.  Are there
> any other examples besides RSA?

How did the RSA patent "work"?

If the purpose of patents is to promote the progress
of science and useful arts, and the RSA inventors
worked for a government-funded institution, it seems
like there's an unproductive duplicate allocation
of public resources going on here.  Why give someone
research funding _and_ a patent?

It's like me hiring someone to shovel my walk and
then giving him the right to stand outside and charge
admission to my house.

Don Marti             FreedomHEC: May 26-27, 2006, Seattle           LinuxWorld: August 14-17, 2006, San Francisco