Online patents – An attempt to profit from the uninformed

Patents are used to protect one’s idea from being stolen. But many are used for the sole purpose of biting someone in the butt later on.  When I read this article, I realized that many patents are created without the need for an actual working model.  As long as it is an idea that can work and has not been used, it can be patented.

Looking at what is happening, I wonder if any online companies are worried about lawsuits.  Building a new type of online business or presence may infringe on a patent.  Implementing something new into a website may trigger a lawsuit.

I worry about the future of going online.  It may get to the point where nothing new can be created due from the fact that someone else owns a patent to it.  We will be nickel and dimed for everything that we do online.

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20090121-virtual-subdomain-patent-deemed-obvious-gets-overturned.html

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