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Quick Mention: Amberwave Works to Establish Patent Reform

"Who owns my polio vaccine? The people! Could you patent the sun?"

--Jonas Salk



An entity called Amberwave is now walking the path toward bringing change. There is little or no reason to be optimistic, but Digital Majority has pointers to a couple of interesting articles. Here is the first: AmberWave finds peace fighting tech giants over patent laws

This is designed to make trolling less valuable. AmberWave says it downplays the value of truly innovative patents, which make up only a small part of the final product in terms of dollars but contribute a huge amount in terms of innovation.


Another one is this: Valley tech powers prepare to renew push for patent reform

The issue is reform of the nation's patent laws, the first overhaul in 50 years. At stake is the use of intellectual property, which is the currency of companies across Silicon Valley. More patents are granted here than anywhere else in the nation.


As usual, even Big Blue is no angel and Slashdot has it caught for another disgraceful 'innovation'.

IBM Patents Pricing Motorists Off Highways



[...]

Self-professed patent reformer IBM snagged a patent Tuesday for the Variable Rate Toll System, which covers the rather anti-egalitarian scheme of pricing motorists off of the roads by raising tolls as congestion increases


Sometimes you can't cure a system until it's too ill -- to the point of no return.

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