Subject: Re: patent trolls and X-licensors
From: simo <s@ssimo.org>
Date: Mon, 05 Jun 2006 16:13:42 -0400

On Mon, 2006-06-05 at 10:57 -0700, Don Marti wrote:
> 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.

Not only that, you should also ask your self how much that patent
actually slowed down adoption of that technology and research around
that area. (Exactly the opposite goals of what a patent system should
serve for).

Simo.