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Re: Gates Patents Flipping a Light Switch

From: Barry Margolin
Subject: Re: Gates Patents Flipping a Light Switch
Date: Fri, 14 May 2004 15:27:59 -0400
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In article <c833ju$e4b$>, (Rahul Dhesi) wrote:

> Barry Margolin <> writes:
> > Microsoft Loses Patent Suit
> ...
> >Now tell me: if there wasn't a patent system, what do you think would 
> >have happened to Stac?
> Does anybody really care?  Stac's patents were of dubious innovative
> value to begin with.
> The point that is repeatedly lost on those who defend the current patent
> system is:  Nobody reads patents for the purpose of learning new things.

So?  Patents are not supposed to be a replacement for technical 
journals.  Patent protection allows the inventor to publish details in a 
journal without having to worry about a competitor using this against 

Barry Margolin,
Arlington, MA
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