[ILUG] Re: ILUG sends s/w patents briefing document to Irish MEPs
kiniry at acm.org
Mon Mar 21 13:08:18 GMT 2005
--On 21 March, 2005 9:03:11 +0000 Colm Buckley <colm at tuatha.org> wrote:
> On 20 Mar 2005, at 12:30, Joseph Kiniry wrote:
>> How does this contradict my point? Even the technologies covered by
>> "basic technique" patents are easily implemented in other, innovative
> 1) Not always.
Perhaps. As I mentioned, I have yet to see evidence of the contrary in my
> 2) The other way might not be as good.
I agree with this.
> By patenting a basic technique, the patent holder is effectively forcing
> all other developers to deliberately write inferior software. Goes
> against the grain somewhat, no?
As already mentioned by Paul Jakma, not if you believe in the basic premise
of patents in the first place, regardless of how they are current effected.
Joseph R. Kiniry
Dept. of Computer Science, University College Dublin
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