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Patent trolls claim patent laws protect small inventors, but do they?

whoever57 (658626) writes | about a year and a half ago

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whoever57 (658626) writes "Patent trolls like to claim that patent laws provide a way that small inventors can create products and benefit financially from their invention. One such inventor faces selling his house, despite inventing a product that has sold tens of millions worldwide."
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duh! (1)

crutchy (1949900) | about a year and a half ago | (#42930419)

of course not

The legal system is too expensive (1)

macpacheco (1764378) | about a year and a half ago | (#42931345)

For as long as the legal system is too expensive due to complexity and the ability the side with the more money to stonewall the other, no, it doesn't.
The high cost of the legal system is true for every true democracy I know of, from my Brazil, to USA, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, ...
The patent protection period should be shortened so instead of 20 years from patent filing, patents would be valid for 8 years from the patent being granted, likely forcing patents to be filled for actual industrial usage instead of defensive purposes.
But the forces against such a move are huge. All High Tech companies use patents extensively to profit from new technology. Every single cell technology was burdened with lots of patents to force competitors to license them.

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