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Subject:  Re: You Know, Of Course, This Means War Date:  3/25/2000  1:06 AM
Author:  djackn Number:  1755 of 8813

I am no lawyer, but it seems to me the purpose of patents is to protect small young companies with useful innovations from large predatory companies with the resources to copy/steal their ideas. Patents do give the holders a temporary legal monopoly over the technology. Hitachi has been trying to rip off RMBS for a while and is getting desperate.
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