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Here is a thoughtful, well-written and informative article on why the industry might need software patents. Mike makes a strong case for how software patents encourage innovation and offer the protection necessary for startups to survive. Mike offers a viable and reasonable solution for dealing with the most severe problem plaguing the software patents system today: patent trolls. He also puts all the noise around patent warfare in the right perspective. The situation with the imperfect yet necessary software patent system we have in place now reminds of the Winston Churchill quote about democracy “It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.” Patent system, is far from being perfect and in need of some serious reform but scrapping it all together will create more problems than it solves.

Follow the link to the Paul Graham essay on software patents and read the ensuing discussion with the readers. One informed reader wrote that it supposedly could take up to a million dollars to seek world-wide (or at least the most significant markets) patent protection. That’s a staggering cost if you are a fledgling startup.


Written by Varma Chanderraju

August 16, 2011 at 10:31 am

Posted in Innovation, Startups

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