On Fri, 9 Jan 2009 5:11:45 am Stefan Monnier wrote: > >  - 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 This email may come with a PGP signature as a file. Do not panic. For more info see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenPGP
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