RE: Another Microsoft XML patent
No, it is not a long term solution. It is the Marx Brothers "Night at the Opera" approach. It makes sure it becomes a comedy by inflation instead of a tragedy by circumcision. Nobody will win. It will make patents irrelevant because it will cost too much to prosecute them (they will interlock and overlap and become entropic). They become Confederate money or pre-WWII German deutschemarks. Thanks Robin, for the detailed and well-referenced reply. len From: Robin Cover [mailto:robin@o...] If Len's observation about the need for individuals and small companies to file (like crazy!) for patents is correct, it's hardly a long-term solution. It exacerbates the acknowledged problem of the "patent thicket" in which nobody can know what's patented ("everything" already is) and nobody except the largest patent holders -- as a general rule -- can hope to "win" in a showdown.
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