I recently had to write a very long research paper on the 2006 happenings of Microsoft’s long winded lawsuit against the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) community, and it made me think. I wish it didn’t make me think, because we all know how much that gets on my nerves. I started to think, “Why are there SO MANY patents floating around Silicone Valley and why don’t companies implement them?” After some time passed, a headache ensued and I had to take a pill and pass out, I apparently over worked myself (LOL). After a nice nap and additional thinking, I realized it is all in the sake of the capitalistic motto, “What’s mine is mine, and if you infringe on what’s mine, I want royalties to make me feel better”. Microsoft ended up making a deal with FOSS companies and now they “happily” work together… maybe.
This brings me to where I am now with this whole story of “Patents Gone Wild”.
Right now, the mobile world is being tested like the computer industry was. We have;
- Microsoft suing Motorola (and vice versa)
- Kodak suing Samsung and LG
- Apple suing HTC
- Oracle suing Google
- Nokia, well their suing just about everyone
And this is just the beginning.
What I would like to see is all of these patents brought to light and gone over with a fine toothed comb! Why are there so many damn patents? Why can we just see companies work together for the betterment of the customers?
I really don’t want to go over all of this by myself, and to speak the truth I think this is more likely a topic for Android After Dark. This is more of a stepping stone for all of you to voice your opinion in the comment section below.
So, what are you waiting for? This is your written invitation!