Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Mar 2013 23:43 UTC
Legal Countries are starting to get into the patent business; countries like France and South Korea are setting up patent entities to protect domestic companies. "Intellectual Discovery presents itself as a defensive alliance: if a South Korean company finds itself targeted in a lawsuit, for instance, it can access the patents being compiled by Intellectual Discovery to hit back." I support this. If, say, a small Dutch company were to come under unfair patent aggression by bullies like Apple and Microsoft (quite likely these days), I damn well expect my government to protect them from it. If you can't fix the system, work with it. As simple as that.
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by kwan_e on Thu 21st Mar 2013 02:47 UTC
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I think what we should have instead of patents is the government, or publicly funded NGO, pay for invention disclosures.

A company either keeps their invention a trade secret, or they open it and get a one time payment for some percentage over their research expenditure to produce such an invention.

That we, we can look at inventions in the cold hard light of reality, because not even a government wants to overpay for a worthless "invention". If a company decides to keep it as a trade secret and another company manages to recreate something similar*, then it's sort of proof that an invention was obvious and not patent worthy.

* Obviously we have to allow for companies to protect themselves from their inventions being stolen**, provided they have the evidence first, rather than fishing expeditions.

** Not counting reverse engineering.

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