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How to fix the patent mess
on Thu 5th Jul 2012 23:07 UTC
Since I want to get this out of my system: here's a set of proposals to fix (okay, replace) the current failing patent system. No lengthy diatribe or introduction, just a raw list.
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on Fri 6th Jul 2012 01:58 UTC in reply to "
I believe the simple solution to this problem is either a patent is filed as personal or as contract labor. In the case of a personal patent, then the authors scheme would stand. In the case of a contract labor patent then the patent would be filed as belong to a corporation. In this case, the patent would remain valid for the term and the only provided mechanism for transferal would be in the event that the owning corp. was purchased in its entirety.
More simply, it would be covered by an employment contract - if patents arise from work performed under that contract, it's the organisation that applies for the patent, not the employee.
That said, you're missing one thing - companies can separate, as well as merge. What happens to the patent holdings of a company that splits in two e.g. a telco that branches into separate mobile and fixed-line operations?
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