Google Leads a Group of Industry Elite Petitioning the Courts to Stop Vague Patents

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    Google and a group of companies, including some industry heavyweights just filed a legal petition in the courts to get them to stop upholding vague patents. Google lead several others, like Dell, Facebook, RedHat and Zynga in filing an amicus brief in a case that they were not even directly involved in. They filed as a "friend of the court" in a case that is very similar to what has been going on throughout the industry, with overly broad patents leading to legal disputes. They basically want to weigh in on the case because the outcome could set far-reaching precedents. Here's a quote with the details on the case,

    Here's a snippet from the amicus brief filed by the "friends of the court":

    It's great to see tech companies are starting to team-up to fix things. The system currently encourages patent trolling, and only if enough companies cry loud enough will the government do something to repair things. It's perhaps conspicuous yet unsurprising that Apple and Microsoft did not include themselves in this brief.

    Source: AllThingsD
     
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    Remove Alice Corp and insert Apple and it still works. Shocking!
     
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    I don't know if i'm supposed to do this (moderators moderate!:hail:), but here's an excellent article in the most recent edition of WIRED magazine concerning the patent problems; The Patent Problem | Wired Opinion | Wired.com

    Definitely worth the read
     
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    Awesome! That is perfectly cool to share. Thanks for the interesting read Valvoline! (long, but interesting!)
     
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    it's about time other companies started petitioning the courts to get the ball rolling in the direction of patent reform. It'll be a slow process, definitely worth it in the long run
     
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    But you have to appreciate the challenge of the issue. I'm sure it's swung many times across the spectrum, but truthfully there is a "fair" middle somewhere in between one minor difference invalidating a claim to one minor commonality justifying a claim.
     
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    I posted a like article, yesterday in the discussion forum