Re: Another Microsoft XML patent
On Jun 7, 2005, at 8:57 PM, Michael Champion wrote: [snip] > I admit to a bit of bias considering on which side my bread is > buttered, but maybe Symantec *should* have patented the obvious idea > of virus filtering during file transfer, and MS should have patented > the obvious idea of getting data out of a database and into a > spreadsheet when they had the chance. NOT because they could have > stomped the small fry with their gorilla feet, but because they could > have saved $70 million between them (not counting legal fees) on these > two cases alone. Michael, you are a very reasonable and intelligent guy. Tell me, just your personal opinion: Wouldn't the world be a lot better off without software patents? Do they, in your opinion, provide any value to the economy/community? I'm not asking about any "they don't cause that much harm" or "all the other guys do it, too" argument. Stefan -- Stefan Tilkov, stefan.tilkov@i..., http://www.innoq.com innoQ Deutschland GmbH, Halskestr. 17, D-40880 Ratingen, Germany Phone: +49 170 471 2624 Fax: +49 2102 77160-1 ICQ: 177869128, AIM: stefantilkov, Weblog: http://www.innoq.com/blog/st/
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