Judge lashes out against overuse of patent protections
Months after dismissing the Apple-Motorola lawsuit, Judge Richard Posner still hasn’t lightened his stance on the state of the U.S. patent system. The Court of Appeals judge took to his blog yesterday to criticize the explosion of patent and copyright protections.
“I am concerned that both patent and copyright protection, though particularly the former, may be excessive,” Posner wrote.
The two greatest culprits, in his opinion, are the pharmaceutical and software industries. For the software industry, he wrote that the difficulty of patenting tech devices is that they are made up of…
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