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Episode 73: Podcast patent troll

No photos here.

There is a podcast troll on the lose.

Pray that we don’t get eaten. The EFF is on the case though.

This patent troll also shows why the U.S. patent system is broken.

Can iPhone photos replace DSLR photos for a newspaper? Can writers replace photographers for good photos? The Chicago Sun-Times seems to think so.

And more.

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Show notes:

Everything wrong with the U.S. patent system in one hour

If you want to know why so many people are complaining about the U.S. patent system, how it stifles innovation and what exactly a patent troll is, I highly recommend you listen to This American Life’s episode on the subject:

Why would a company rent an office in a tiny town in East Texas, put a nameplate on the door, and leave it completely empty for a year? The answer involves a controversial billionaire physicist in Seattle, a 40 pound cookbook, and a war waging right now, all across the software and tech industries.

App developers withdrawing from US app stores because of patent troll fears

Our messed up patent system is reaching a tipping point, where we are seeing developers avoid the US market and its patent trolls:

The growth of patent lawsuits over apps raises serious issues for all the emerging smartphone platforms, because none of the principal companies involved – Apple, Google or Microsoft – can guarantee to protect developers from them. Even when the mobile OS developer has signed a patent licence – as Apple has with at least one company currently pursuing patent lawsuits – it is not clear that it has any legal standing to defend developers.

Craig Hockenberry of Iconfactory, developer of Twitterrific, remarked that “Just when you think things couldn’t get any worse, they do and tweeted that “I became an independent developer to control my own destiny. I no longer do”. Iconfactory is among those being targeted by Lodsys, but earlier this week was granted a 30-day extension to reply to Lodsys’s claim.

What do patents protect? They protect us from excess innovation it seems.