HowTo: fix patents pro-actively

Paul Graham has a suggestion and a site:

The patent pledge doesn’t fix every problem with patents. It won’t stop patent trolls, for example; they’re already pariahs. But the problem the patent pledge does fix may be more serious than the problem of patent trolls. Patent trolls are just parasites. A clumsy parasite may occasionally kill the host, but that’s not its goal. Whereas companies that sue startups for patent infringement generally do it with explicit goal of keeping their product off the market.

Companies that use patents on startups are attacking innovation at the root. Now there’s something any individual can do about this problem, without waiting for the government: ask companies where they stand.

There is also a link at the end of the post about a company called Modista got shut down in one such move by another called Like.com. Take a look!

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