Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 20th Aug 2012 22:14 UTC
Legal "The web has been alight these past few weeks with the details of the Apple v. Samsung lawsuit. It's been a unique opportunity to peer behind the curtain of how these two companies operate, as the trial seeks to answer the question: did Samsung copy Apple? But there's actually another question that I think is much more interesting to the future of innovation in the technology industry: regardless of whether the courts say that Samsung copied Apple or not, would we all be better off if we allowed - even encouraged - companies to copy one another?" This is very relevant.
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Innovation is not the only goal.

I dare say for more people getting a job and living a decent life far outweighs a little more innovation.

You cannot dismiss that people are the ones who innovate and if the *best* people are not going into the innovative field, you are unlikely to get the most innovation.

So how so you encourage the best and brightest to enter a field where their ideas can be easily copied and their focus cannot sustain a career? The answer is it is not going to happen.

We see that happening today as more and more of the best and brightest retreat to more regular careers as lawyers and doctors and public section in the Western world. Many senior skilled people are remnants of the last great tech boom and no new person is stupid enough to buy into it.

You cannot have this kind of discussion about removing patents without a great discussion on careers and funding with respect to the general society.

So long as we have a public sector, high taxes and an economy bent on growth, industry will need something to make it a viable sector for both industry and those employed in it. Patents are a part of that. Monopolies are another part.

It's a complicated issue.
My own view is industry has given more than enough to encourage short term innovation (free-trade, removing monopolies, lack of unions, no powerful professional body...). The rest of society is looking too attractive that any more like removing patents will probably result in short term innovation, followed by a shortage of people willing to make an innovation private sector field their career.

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