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I'd make it that any patent owned by an organisation is non-transferable. Therefore if a company gets bought, their patents are expired (ie: Google buying Motorola, everyone buying Kodak)
However if a person owns the patent they should be allowed to transfer it to whomever or whatever they want but the timeframe till it expires should continue from the point the patent was originally granted.
This would allow an individual to come up with an idea, get the patent then make some money out of it from a quick moving business (or other individual) that would be able to monetise it. However as soon as a patent ends up in a non-individual's hands, it can not be transferred from that: only expire.
[What if a business puts its patents in the name of one of its people? Well, then they run the risk of that person leaving with 'their' portfolio of patents and the company has no recourse]
I just think there has to be room to allow creative individuals to profit while preventing the distortions of reality that happen when corporations patent everything that isn't tied down. Edited 2012-07-06 02:02 UTC