Saturday, December 4, 2010
Canadian Whiners of the Week
Microsoft appeal on i4i patent goes to top court
“The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a $290-million US dispute between Microsoft Corp. and Canadian technology company i4i Inc. over complaints that the former's ubiquitous Word program violates one of i4i's patents.”
Here's the deal – without Microsoft's revolution in computer software a Canadian company like i4i Inc would have never come into existence. i4i are claiming Microsoft stole their software, so instead of improving on their own software, thus making Microsoft's “ripped-off” version obsolete, they've run to the State like a kid crying because he didn't get his way.
Patents stifle innovation, creativity and everything else that's great about free enterprise and the flow of ideas. Running to the Nanny State because Big Evil Microsoft innovated on one of your ideas is the definition of getting a free lunch.
Free markets are the guarantee that no one gets a free lunch.