Thanks to patent, automaker’s fingers always in your wallet

By Bob Unruh

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled on behalf of consumers in a lawsuit by Lexmark International, the maker of computer printer ink cartridges.

The company wanted to control what happens to its cartridges after they’re sold, seeking to prevent anyone from refilling them instead of buying a new one.

The high court rejected the claim, which was a “big win for individuals’ right to repair and modify the products they own,” according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a leading privacy advocacy group.

But the issue is far from resolved, commentary writer Elliot Harmon warned on the EFF site: The U.S. Patent office just granted a patent on the shape of a Ford automotive windshield.

Why would a company want a patent on the shape of a window?

 

Read MORE on WND to find out


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