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Mark Cuban is never one to shy away from his beliefs. Now, to show his disdain for patents, he’s created a newly-endowed chair at digital rights organization The Electronic Frontier Foundation called “The Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents.”

Cuban donated $250,000 to the EFF so it could hire Julie Samuels, EFF’s new Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents.

TechCrunch caught up with Cuban, one of the more well-known American entrepreneurs and Dallas Mavericks owner, to get his thoughts on why “dumbass patents are crushing small businesses.”

Cuban says that he wants to see software patents completely eliminated or at the very least have a five-year shelf life. He also wants design patents eliminated. Read the full interview here.

Bellevue-based Intellectual Ventures has become a lightening rod for criticism of technology patents, coming under fire for wielding its large patent portfolio.

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