Subject: Re: Funny Patents
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 1998/10/06
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Pierre Mai <>
| But the problem with all these patent claims is, that once they are
| granted, you have to defend yourself in court against them.  And even
| tons of prior-art will get you nothing, because often the cost of
| litigation is too high to even try this.

  the solution should then be to have the claimant defend himself against
  proof of prior art presented to the patent office.  as the patent system
  is today, patents reward those who steal ideas and patent them first, not
  those who develop them.  a decent society should have ways to make amends
  for such travesties of justice without cost to the offended party.