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President Obama says patent reform has gone "about halfway to where we need to go", doesn't comment on unlocking phones

0. phoneArena posted on 14 Feb 2013, 23:59

President Obama held another Google+ Hangout today and answered questions on a number of topics, and a couple of the items on the table today were topics very close to our hearts here at PhoneArena. The president talked about patent reform, saying it has only gone "about halfway to where we need to go", and unfortunately he avoided the topic of unlocking phones...

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posted on 15 Feb 2013, 00:03 1

1. wendygarett (unregistered)

I love to hear Obama says the patent need to stay as long as they can and avoid the unlocking issue so that people will go to the apple store to buy unlocked device... Right fandroid?

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 07:30 5

6. troutsy (Posts: 319; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)

You should familiarize yourself with the word, "Troll".

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 09:33 2

8. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4783; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

I'm starting to question if you have a central nervous sytem.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 12:12

9. lolioslol (banned) (Posts: 182; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)

Jesus christ wendy, do you never tire of spitting nonsense that only you understand? Take an english class FFS

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 00:22 3

2. StrumerJohn (Posts: 66; Member since: 18 May 2011)

Because he was never asked about Unlocking devices lol.

I watched the whole hangout Live, he was asked about how he's going to help control patent abuse, not anything specific to mobile devices.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 04:54 1

4. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

In a way he says he wants it to be fully supportive of Patent Trolling as reforms have only gone half way so far. When it goes full way Apple will not even go to extent of filing patents ... they will just get it over phone call :)

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 05:19 2

5. GhostBear (Posts: 25; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)

Yet days earlier he gave a shout-out to Tim Cook, I'm thoroughly confused. This sounds like a case of greased palms.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 09:32

7. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4783; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

Here's the problem. He wants to make sure patents last long enough?! Most patents last around 15-20 years. Fine for most industries, but in the tech world (computers, cell phones, media players, software) that's a lifetime. Look at half that period - 10 years. Compare cell phones from 2003 to today. HUGE difference. At most for this sector I'd say 5 years. That's plenty of time to make a profit off the patent if there's money to be made.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 12:45

10. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)

He's not trying to make patents longer. What he is saying is that there need to be a better balance. I huge companies shamelessly abuse the patent system after borrowing from other companies themselves *cough* Apple *cough*cough* Disney. But also what he is saying is that the patent system is a very important thing and shouldn't be shortened to an unreasonable length. It's a good thing that he is acknowledging that there does in fact need to be a lot more reformation in the patent laws but, I doubt he has any time to legislate for that though. Besides it's all up to congress as usually and you know how dependable they are at making decisions.

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