Competitive Spirit

In a day and age of Government funded bail-outs and stimulus packages, it is refreshing to read about someone who isn’t crying to the government to fix their problem; especially when that problem is competition from Web Search Engine Google. The CEO of a new search engine Blekko recently said this about the ongoing Google hearings:

We don’t need federal intervention to level the playing field with Google. Innovation and competition are far more powerful instruments to battle companies that have grown powerful and influential. Which has been more detrimental to Microsoft’s business? The lawsuit brought by the Department of Justice in the 90s, or the innovative products Apple has brought to the marketplace?

This provides a valuable example to people everywhere, if some “nobody” search engine can take on the web search reigning king, head-on no less, the rest of the country can start worrying about themselves and not waiting for the government to swoop in and fix everything.



Patent Wars

Everyday there is a new article about a new patent lawsuit being; whether, it is the latest salvo in the current smart phone war, or a  “Patent Troll” looking for its next victim. The constitution defines patents and copyrights as:

To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;

However, rather than promoting progress patents have actually become a hindrance to progress. The computer and technology industry moves faster than any previous industry, what made sense as proprietary technology 10 years ago does not necessarily make sense today. Also the process for issuing patents needs much stricter rules ensuring that a patent is 100% unique , and that it adequately describes the technology. While these measures will not solve all the current problems it will certainly be a step in the right direction.