“The case against patents can be summarized briefly: there is no empirical evidence that they serve to increase innovation and productivity, unless productivity is identified with the number of patents awarded—which, as evidence shows, has no correlation with measured productivity. (…)”
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Auf der zuletzt genannten Seite bzw. deren Hall of Shame habe ich dieses wunderschöne Zitat über das US Patent Office gefunden:
Microsoft has patented the idea that “a user may discover and navigate among hyperlinks through the use of a keyboard.” Even if you thought the CIA and FBI are completely and utterly incompetent, you have to grant that U.S. Patent Office takes first prize. There is a rather significant missing reference to prior art in the application: the Lynx character based web browser. For obvious reasons (no mouse) this browser has always navigated among links using the keyboard - using in fact the same tab key cited in the Microsoft Patent.