RE: Facts to Support RAND? was: Re: more pate nt fun
As I said to Jeff offline, it is becoming a cost item and frightens the peasants. Time to get the pitchforks out and go monster hunting. If Frankie turns out to be a lawyer, so much the easier. Seriously, someone in the American Congress has to start taking the IPR issues to heart. For that to happen, people have to be disturbed enough to make it an issue worthy of some campaign spending and speeches. It isn't likely, but Rick is right that this is affecting global trade. Given the really high costs for these cases (our hardware division melted down while we fought Intel to defend our hardware patents), one would think it would be in everyone's interest to fix the problems. IMO, flakey patents are like frivolous lawsuits just as you suggest. As usual, the consensus issue should be jobs. len From: John Evdemon [mailto:jevdemon@a...] On 23 Jan 2003 at 10:45, Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote: > > It is time for organizations to begin to talk to > candidates for high office about real patent reform, > what is required and what it will take to get it. > Not nearly enough. This is another illustration of the need for tort reform, although I doubt we see this happen anytime soon (how likely is it that a bunch of lawyers will vote for tort or even patent reform??)
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