are patents just a tax on innovation

Sun, Jul 24, 2011

I’m always amazed that patents are granted for sitting on your bum and doing nothing but writing down the bleedin' obvious. There’s a kerfuffle in the mobile development world about gathering user information from a form in a mobile app. That’s the bleedin' obvious and now, apparently, Lodsys are patenting their ideas and seeing who they can intimidate to extract cash. Now, as we all know, ideas are worthless without the skills to implement them. These developers have the skills and the backbone to get off the couch and implement great ideas and others are starting to notice the free ride they could get. Why are patents granted with no proof of implementation? Patents such as these are nothing more than a tax on innovation.

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