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What Now, Silicon Valley?

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http://www.thevarguy.com – Three years ago, Andy Grove, Intel’s (NASDAQ: INTC) storied former chief executive, tossed a wet blanket (figuratively speaking) on a rapt audience at the 37th Annual National Inventors Hall of Fame ceremony in Mountain View, Calif. — Silicon Valley’s ground zero — telling them in no uncertain terms that patent disputes threatened future technological innovation like no other prior hazard. “Patents themselves have become products,” he said. “They’re instruments of investment traded on a separate market, often by speculators motivated by the highest financial return on (IT news)