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How to fix the patent mess
on Thu 5th Jul 2012 23:07 UTC
Since I want to get this out of my system: here's a set of proposals to fix (okay, replace) the current failing patent system. No lengthy diatribe or introduction, just a raw list.
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Patent validity tied to owners' life
on Fri 6th Jul 2012 02:58 UTC
Patents should be non-transferable; in other words, they must be tied to the inventor. They cannot be sold or transferred, or become the property of corporations. This prevents patent hoarding and patent trolling. One alternative person may be listed on the patent application to transfer the patent to in case the inventor dies. If the inventor (and the listed person) dies, the patent becomes invalid.*
* Astute readers will have noted there is a major weakness in my plan at this specific point: what happens when an employee who holds a patent moves to a different company? This is a weakness I have not yet been able to address in a sufficiently simple and effective manner. Any help would be welcome.
You do realise this will lead to two things yeah?
- Trading of exclusive patent *licenses* (abstracting around the problem)
- Patent-related assassinations (aggressive patent invalidation)
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