More Reform Talk

eWeek’s op-ed page is calling for patent reform. Ironically, the editorial points to the settlement between Sun and Microsoft as another example of the problems of the patent system.

Like Cold War superpowers agreeing to reduce nuclear stockpiles, Sun and Microsoft have stepped back from their own form of mutual assured destruction.

Perhaps eWeek is a bit too cynical. Another point-of-view would see the settlement as an indication that patenting does not lead to a technology stalemate. Sun and Microsoft were able to work through their differences and arrive at a solution that will be beneficial for both parties. Collaboration may also be aided by potential amendments to §102(f)/103