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[edit] Sherman Act

Found this quote relating to traditional patents and monopoly in a US Supreme court decision.

"It is equally well settled that the possession of a valid patent or patents does not give the patentee any exemption from the provisions of the Sherman Act beyond the limits of the patent monopoly." (United States v. Line Material Co., 333 U.S. 287 , 1948)[1]

The Sherman Act? I'll have to look into that. I hope it's not a part of antitrust - that seems to have proven invalid against patent abuse in cases like RIM in the USA and Microsoft in the EU.
Can you (or anyone reading this) add some links or some info about the Sherman Act, why it's relevant, and whatever might be useful for someone who wants to build the wiki by developing this idea? Ciaran 07:12, 7 October 2009 (EDT)

[edit] rename idea forming

I've been thinking a while about what to do about the overlap between:

I think there is enough of that category of issue to justify three articles - that is to say, I think there are three distinct, substantial topics - but this current division isn't great.

I think that all that's necessary is to rename this article to something about impeding the smooth functioning of the free market. It would then focus on how patents are impeding the governmental goal of having a smooth, free market without unnecessary friction or arbitrary limits.

The first one (sabotage) kinda covers the "preventing competition" angle already from the angle of individual competitors. I'll try to add the word "competition" into it's name somehow. Ciaran 00:52, 22 January 2010 (UTC)