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[3]: A first hand experience
by cyrilleberger on Tue 13th Mar 2012 08:31 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: A first hand experience"
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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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