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January 11, 2011
News - The Case for Patents
about 11 months ago
That’s the whole point of the 1,000 patent limit. Move the fighting to before the patent is issued instead of after like it is now.
That limit would do wonders for the quality of patents issued. Nobody will bother submitting junk applications like we have now. You need to be realistic about what should be patented too. Are we really making 1,000 inventions a month worthy of patent protection? I don’t think so. See the above reference about 250,000 patents against smart phones. A phone can carry maybe a $40 patent load. That’s $0.00016 per patent. Yet every one of those 250,000 patent holders wants a $1 or more royalty. And so we have endless cell phone patent litigation.
The “disclosure” contained in software patents has yielded nothing. No one reads software patents except patent attorneys. Infringement of software patents is almost always independent invention. Software patent litigation typically goes something like this – we patented a concept and then outlined a few ways to achieve this concept. Now you’ve independently implemented the same concepts so lets dig into all of your code and see if we can convince a jury you “copied” our implementation. Of course the company being accused of “copying” has never heard of this patent until the opposing lawyers arrive. The core problem with software patents is that they are patenting mathematical concepts something that was not supposed to be patentable.
Something is clearly wrong in that there is a single area, software, where you can patent and copyright the same piece of code. It should be one or the other, not both. The industry is not going to give up copyright so patents have to go.
Another clue, consider searchability of patents. Things like chemistry patents are easily searchable which makes it easy to find applicable patents. Now try doing a patent search on software patents. Your head is going to explode. There is no way to search software patents other that wade through them one by one with a team of lawyers and consider if they apply. That’s a big clue that software should not be patentable.
The way to fix copyright is escalating fee paid renewals. First 20 years free and automatic. Anything past 20 years requires registration and fee payment. Something like $100 first renewal and doubling on each subsequent renewal. That lets Disney keep the mouse as long as it wants to and cures the orphan works problem. The current system holds culture hostage. Every photo and recording from WWII will be under copyright until my grandkids (not even born yet) are adults. That is just wrong.
Patents. Just get rid of software and business method patents.That will fix 90% of the problem. Next raise the bar on what can be patented. It is insane that over 250,000 patents apply to cell phones.
I can fix the patent system in five minutes. Limit the PTO to issuing 1,000 patents per month. Make the PTO decide what are the best 1,000 each month from their pool of applications and issue them. After six months in the pool without being issued, your patent is dead. Doing that will make those 1,000 patents truly valuable instead of the pile of patent spam we have today.
This is just nuts and not “promoting the progress of science and technology”….
“RPX estimates that there are 250,000 active U.S. patents applicable to the smartphone. Assuming that smartphone patents have an average of 20 claims each, that is 5,000,000 restrictions on smartphone innovation. Researchers calculated that it would take roughly 2,000,000 patent attorneys working full-time to compare every software-producing firm’s products with every software patent issued in a given year. Moreover, any such search would be incomplete, because it cannot reveal applications that are not yet published (18 months from filing in most cases), let alone those that have not yet been filed.”
You are an idiot (or a patent lawyer) if you truly believe there are 5,000,000 “inventions” in a smart phone worthy of patent protection.
News - SparkFun and the Future o…
about 3 years ago
There is an Arduino Yun compatible board on Kickstarter right now.
This is yet another angle, it is backed by some of the core OpenWRT developers so it gets excellent support in OpenWRT. It has full CE/FCC/IC certification and it is designed by qualified RF engineers. So who gets to do the Yun? one of the Arduino groups or the OpenWRT people?
Personally I’m going with the Domino since it is way harder to get the 802.11 stuff right than the Arduino side.
News - Teardown: Nest Protect
about 5 years ago
Third CPU is the EM357. It is a Cortex-M3 and capable of running user code too.
Light sensor is for the optical smoke detector?
Why do you need three CPUs? K60 has Ethernet and they never used it.
What does a Figaro TGS-5342 cost? Nobody has them for sale.
Tutorial - Nest Teardown
about 7 years ago
Like to know about antenna too
Also curious about how temp is measured. It is possible to do it with the PIR. Is that what they are doing? Or is there a thermistor in there somewhere?
Google on thermostat power stealing.
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