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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"Best and brightest" go into Serious Science(tm) ...the whole friggin' idea of which is sharing of innovation and advancements - hell, the scientific process simply wouldn't work without it!

Actual hard and expensive research (where nobody would even suggest wasting time & resources on patenting/protecting frivolous "UI inventions") is where long-term thinking really goes on, not corporate "innovative" fields & their dynamics revolving around stock market performance.
(come on, look at LHC - somehow we do manage to fund this biggest and most expensive single scientific experiment in history ...and one that is unlikely to bring any direct benefits for, say, half a century at least - and quite probably longer, when all presently living people will be dead)

Overall, realise that you're advocating a variant of broken window fallacy...

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