Joined: July 2004
||Posted: May 15 2007,21:32
I disagree with patents in general. It's my belief that *any* type of patent, whether for software, hardware, or anything else, is merely a way to curb competition and to protect profits.
The inventor of a product becomes he who buys a patent, regardless of who had the original idea or product (think light bulbs).
I see nothing wrong with innovation on top of existing ideas, or the reverse engineering of existing technology in an attempt to make it cheaper and more widely available.
What I am opposed to, however, is doing the above while claiming it to be your original idea (not giving proper credit).