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Subject:Re: Lawyers want to gut our tools From:Doug Isenberg <disenberg -at- GigaLaw -dot- com> To:"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Wed, 24 Oct 2001 16:38:10 -0400
The lawyer and patent law bashing in this thread is pretty loud and, in
many cases, misinformed. Neither lawyers nor patent laws is inherently
evil. I'd like to think I know. I can't speak about the merits of the
Adobe-Macromedia dispute, but I can say that the purpose of patent law is
actually to encourage innovation; that is, without legal protection, many
inventors would not spend considerable time, effort and money inventing --
and, as a result, we'd all suffer. Patent laws are not perfect, nor is
every patent granted actually valid. (That's what patent lawsuits are
often about.) But we have a system, with origins in the Constitution,
that's worked pretty well for a couple of hundred years.
Attorney at Law
Editor & Publisher, GigaLaw.com
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