Originally Posted by Gazoobee
The original concept of the patent was to protect the creative output of the individual.
That is exactly what the patent system does now!
If they would just return to that ideal, none of this patent troll stuff would be possible at all because the people who invented this stuff are either all dead or have already been suitably compensated.
There are many good reasons to invent something and then later sell the patent. Not everyone is a businessman for one. The patent may have fell out of the development of another product and isn't the focus of the company or individual involved. The reality is the ability to sell patents results in innovative products coming to market that might not otherwise.
It's the (ridiculous) concept that you can somehow buy and sell ideas that's really at fault here
Bull crap, ideas are real products. Imagine if you Gazoobee came up with a way to manufacture 10 nanometer electronics very economically, a great idea that would push the industry forward would you not expect to benefit from that idea? Most likely you don't have the economic clout to put that idea into production so you license out the idea, process if you will or sell it out right. You as the inventory benefit from your development, the industry benefits and so on.
just as it's the ridiculous concept that corporations are somehow "people" that causes all the worst abuses of capitalism.
This is more bull crap.
All these problems would disappear overnight if we just changed our point of view.
Just sayin. :-)
So what is your point of view, just let everybody steal your ideas? Honestly your point of view seems to be to screw anybody that puts in a little effort. In this case the patent apparently came from Borland. Does Borland not have a right to benefit from its development efforts and if it chooses to leave a field and sell off the related IP.
Really the only point of view that needs to change is yours and the others that commonly express disdain for the value of IP. In the end that is what we are talking about here, IP and its importance to industry. This particular case might not sound all that appealing but they did buy a block of patents and would like to benefit from the purchase. It is a gamble for the patent troll too as they have to prove infringement and probably patent validity.
On the flip side look at ARM which is an extremely important Apple partner that doesn't manufacture a thing other than IP. ARM whole business model revolves around the idea of licensing patented materials and IP. It is a model that frankly permitted the age of real hand held computers, iPhones and other devices. Do you really want to throw away a system that has allowed Apple to almost double the performance of their handheld devices every year? It should be noted that the A6 processor contains IP from several companies beyond ARM, do you really want to say to hell with them that don't deserve to be compensated for all of their efforts?