On Fri, 9 Jan 2009 5:11:45 am Stefan Monnier wrote:

> > [1] - which is ironic given that they were invented to encourage people
> > to publish their ideas rather than keep them secret.
> Actually, not so ironic: it basically means that rather than keeping
> them as internal secrets, they get to lock them in
> a government-provided vault.

Where everyone can read them and the protection expires after a time.

Don't get me wrong, I think patents are bad, especially these days where the 
techniques are often obsolete before the patent expires. :-(

 Chris Samuel  :  http://www.csamuel.org/  :  Melbourne, VIC

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