FSF hardware endorsement program

jon at rejon.org jon at rejon.org
Wed Oct 20 12:55:08 EDT 2010


fighting it is futile. Just make copyleft hardware, publish your plans
loudly on public wikis, take a out big litigation insurance, and drive
home patent-free tech, is my conclusion...

Jon

On Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 1:41 AM, Bryan Bishop <kanzure at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sat, Oct 16, 2010 at 10:09 AM, Werner Almesberger wrote:
>> Hardware patents are more difficult to attack because they are an
>> established concept and have a positive connotation for many
>> people. (Who'd deny that a patent on the lightbulb is well-deserved,
>> etc.) One thing that helps to shatter that positive image are the
>> increasingly insane patent lawsuits.
>
> I have been thinking for a while now on how to attack the patent
> system, to call out for reform, etc. Hardware patent reform, right
> now, is "out of the question" for the vast majority of stakeholders.
> The construction of the patent system itself is somewhat antithetical
> to what we all want to stand for, but in weird ways.
>
> For instance, in the U.S., you are automatically granted a copyright
> when you make a creative work. You are not, however, automatically
> granted a patent, and with this brings all sorts of weird game theory
> issues that come up with the "exclusive right to make, use, or
> distribute, in any way, shape or form" whatever has been patented.
> This is just one of the problems; other issues that creep up are
> excessive patent lifespans, scope, quality of the written material,
> reproducibility (if I can't "make install" or "apt-get" the hardware,
> is it really sufficiently documented in this era of PDM? dunno).
>
> But is patent litigation going to be enough? What I need at this point
> are proposals for disolving the patent system or radical
> restructuring, and scenarios for how that would play out in the world,
> along with alternative invention incentive frameworks (or proposals
> for why no incentives are needed at all), etc. I am sure these studies
> and scenarios are out there; I guess it's up to me to collect them
> into a bibliography as ammunition.
>
> - Bryan
> http://heybryan.org/
> 1 512 203 0507
>
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