Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 12th Mar 2012 19:04 UTC
Legal "Patent monopolies prevent innovation. It is a system that works against innovations, to protect the current corporations against competition from aggressive, innovative, and competitive upstarts. It allows the big corporations to crush competitive upstarts in the courtroom, rather than having to compete with their products and services." ...which happens to be exactly why the old boys' club of computer technology (Apple, Microsoft, Oracle, IBM) wants to keep it this way. This is not a system for the people, it's a system for huge corporations.
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RE[2]: A first hand experience
by Brendan on Tue 13th Mar 2012 04:14 UTC in reply to "RE: A first hand experience"
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With that said, I think there might be a few industries that would not exist without patent protection. The pharmaceutical industry in particular comes to mind.

I wonder if there isn't a better way. I wonder if the pharmaceutical industry should be split into "research" and "manufacture".

The research should be a cooperative effort, where scientists worldwide have incentives to help each other and don't have any incentive to impede the progress of other researchers (via. patents, trade secrets, etc). Research could/would be funded by governments, academia, health insurance, etc. The manufacturing should be competitive, but manufacturers should compete on quality and price alone.

- Brendan

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I wonder if there isn't a better way. I wonder if the pharmaceutical industry should be split into "research" and "manufacture".

Yes, especially since the current system encourage to release new medicine that are not necessarily an improvement over existing medicine, since patented medicine means huge profit, while unpatented medicine means a lot of "generic", and low profit. So it is better for companies to replace medicine whose patent are expiring, with new patented medicine.

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