Facebook: The IP arms race

27th April 2012

Facebook's recent patent shopping sprees are evidence that the perennial bias of western culture: the tendency to valorise youth over experience, is alive and kicking.

"Get me some IP, yesterday!"

And within that paradigm, particularly in today's global technology marketplace, if you do get caught out lacking the experience and you haven't got time to earn it, you better be able buy it, just like Facebook did with its $550 million patent acquisitions from Microsoft this week.

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