Written by Nick Heer.

The Rise of the Patent Troll

Great new “bonus” edition of Kirby Ferguson’s excellent Everything is a Remix series explaining the shitty entity of the patent troll.

As a non-lawyer idiot on the internet, I still think parts of the proposed American legislation don’t go far enough. Patents — especially technology patents — should be valid for much less time than they are currently. Additionally, there should be a requirement for filed patents to be used in a real-world product within a certain number of years; if the patent goes unused after this time, it becomes invalidated. Sort of a reverse of “patent pending”.