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Aug 11, 2010
10:07 AM EDT
"Red Hat, Inc. [...] is named as the assignee on some 263 US patents [...] If patents are good for Red Hat [...] then why are software patents bad for you?"

There's a music group in Miami that has 263 guns. If it's good for them, then why not for you?

"The Study also revealed that the importance of patents was not limited by industry, finding that patents are an important factor with VC firms as follows: “60% for software companies, 73% for biotech, and 85% for medical devices.”"

Loan sharks consider gun ownership an important factor as follows: 85% for organised crime, 73% for bars, and 60% for rappers.

In short, guns help rappers create innovative music.

Aug 11, 2010
11:04 AM EDT
It's a dumb argument in any case, when a typical patent portfolio numbers in the thousands and tens of thousands. IBM was the leader in new patents last year, getting nearly 5,000. They are the perennial leader in all industries in getting new patents.

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