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: American law is patent nonsense, argues Sebastian Mallaby. http://on.ft.com/NwAwaP
"A supposed pillar of the nation’s capitalist vigour has been revealed in all its decadence. That pillar is the US patent system, which has allowed Apple to extract $1bn from Samsung in compensation for alleged theft of intellectual property. According to nine randomly selected laymen – which is to say, a jury – Samsung might as well be known as Samesung, since features of its smart phone suspiciously resemble the iPhone."
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