Google, Dell, Facebook, Homeaway, Intuit, Rackspace, Red Hat, and Zynga have teamed up to fight crime. And by crime I mean legal patents with vague wording. They have filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals saying that vague patents should no longer be upheld. Here’s an excerpt from the brief:
Many computer-related patent claims just describe an abstract idea at a high level of generality and say to perform it on a computer or over the Internet. Such barebones claims grant exclusive rights over the abstract idea itself, with no limit on how the idea is implemented. Granting patent protection for such claims would impair, not promote, innovation by conferring exclusive rights on those who have not meaningfully innovated, and thereby penalizing those that do later innovate by blocking or taxing their applications of the abstract idea.
We couldn’t agree more. With all the crazy lawsuits over the stupidest things going on in the tech world right now, I think this is a noble cause. Hopefully more companies will join in and make this happen.