Yet another article highlighting why I hate the patent system. Apparently NetFlix is sueing BlockBuster over patents it has over movie rentals over the internet.
I found a reference to this on Slashdot – BusinessWeek has a really good article describing the goofiness that is the U.S. patent system.
Google’s Patents Reveal Strategy To Beat Microsoft – interesting article about how Microsoft is currently in the position that IBM was with them when it comes to Google. Could Google threaten Microsofts dominance?
This article on Techdirt talks about the latest patent suit between EPlus and SAP. Apparently, EPlus holds a patent on searching online catalogs, checking availability, and displaying the results. How rediculous is this to have a patent for and why the hell is this kind of stuff being granted?
The latest news about Creative owning a patent on “Automatic Hierarchical Categorization of Music By Metadata” has me a little annoyed. I just don’t see why one company would have to pay another for the ability to create a hierarchical menuing system. The ability of companies to “own ideas” rather than specific implementations is just not something that makes sense to me.
What if VisiCalc had been patented? – Dan Bricklin
Amazon Settles in Patent Infringement Law Suit – Forbes.com