[linux-elitists] FTC hearings on Antitrust vs. patents?

Kevin A. Burton burton@openprivacy.org
Sun Nov 18 14:32:12 PST 2001


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Don Marti <dmarti@zgp.org> writes:

> "Standard-setting, cross-licensing and patent pools, unilateral refusals to
> deal, other business practices, the proliferation of patents, the changing scope
> of patents, and the role of the Federal Circuit will be among the topics on the
> agenda."
> 
> -- Federal Trade Commission Chairman Timothy J. Muris
> 
> http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2001/11/iprelease.htm
> 
> http://www.ftc.gov/os/2001/11/ciphearingsfrn.htm
> 
> So who's going to go to Washington DC and say that standards bodies that enforce
> "RAND" are Conspiracies in Restraint of Trade?

You know it really is a shame that so many computer professionals (Linux
elitists) don't live in Washington.  I used to live there but it is devoid of
creative thinking.  Thus I moved to San Fran.

I think the world would be a lot better if a lot of us moved to Washington... :)

Kevin

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