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Monday, May 21, 2007

IP Insanity

I rarely do two BC posts in the same day but I just read a terrific article by Charles Babcock in Information Week, “Three Scenarios For How Microsoft's Open Source Threat Could End.”  It does a very good job of discussing ways in which aggressive uses of patent law can ruin small companies, hold back innovation and stifle the creativity that has fueled the high technology explosion in this country.  There is nothing in Microsoft’s new view of how its software patents relate to the open source and free software world that will, in any way, “promote invention,” the stated purpose of patent law in the United States.


I hope my readers find this article as interesting as I did and remember, always support innovation over litigation.




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