Ubuntu’s Shuttleworth: patents misunderstood, misused, outdated

Patents are archaic, misunderstood and of little or no help to the entrepreneur, according to Mark Shuttleworth, who leads the Ubuntu Foundation, which is behind the open source operating system. In an interview with TechCentral, Shuttleworth was asked about the escalating patent battle in the mobile industry and he provided some choice quotes.

He said that while patents are promoted as a way to protect the innovations of small entrepreneurs trying to make something big, they’re being applied to the opposite effect. He said larger companies are using patents to keep new players from coming in and shaking up an established market. That, he said, is also playing itself out in the piling on of Android, which is the favorite target of a lot of tech companies right now.

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