Sunday, February 20, 2005
This is another potential example of the way the patent system in the U.S. has become a real problem. Large companies are acquiring and amassing patents in an attempt to erect barriers to entry for potential competitions.

Even more egregious are the numerous illegitimate patents that are issued each year. The U.S. patent office simply is understaffed and overwhelmed by the flood of patent applications. And as a result numerous patents are issues fraudulently as they are clearly barred by prior art. The patent holder than uses these illegitimate patents to extort money from small businesses that cannot afford to fight those patents. The Electronic Frontier Foundation is fighting some of these patents, and is a good source of information on this issue.
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