As you might recall, a few weeks ago we discussed the possibility that excessive patenting was crowding out innovation. On cue, Farhad Manjoo (a technology columnist) discusses the very same topic — and invokes some of the very same research — in “Patently Stupid.” He specifically targets Apple for seeking patent protection over its multi-touch user interface — which is arguably not non-obvious technology. It’s a quick read.
So, was he reading our blog? No. I would bet that it’s still just us. Too bad for irony!