Patented craziness

By eweek  |  Posted 2004-12-20 Print this article Print

Patented craziness

Patents exist to foster innovation, but in 2004, it seemed as if the real innovation we saw was in the allegations made in patent-related lawsuits.

If Linux users werent being warned by attorneys that the operating system potentially infringes on 283 (unvalidated) patents, then it was Eolas vowing that its Web browser patent fight with Microsoft is far from over.

Part of the problem stems from unfounded patents. Amazon claims to hold a patent on a way of using browser cookies, while Apple wants to patent the iPod user interface. Enough already! Fortunately, Microsoft and Sun were able to end a patent dispute involving Java technology—at least for now.

Click here to read more about the problems with patents.

—Anne Chen

Next page: Patch work.


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