Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 8th Oct 2012 09:24 UTC
Legal The failing US patent system is getting ever more mainstream - The New York Times is running a long and details piece on the failings of the system, especially in relation to the technology industry most of us hold so dearly. Most of the stuff in there isn't new to us - but there's two things in the article I want to highlight.
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RE: My two cents
by Gullible Jones on Mon 8th Oct 2012 16:57 UTC in reply to "My two cents"
Gullible Jones
Member since:
2006-05-23

I honestly don't see how an idea can belong to anyone.

e.g. Newton and Leibniz discovered calculus independently, at roughly the same time. Archimedes, unknown to either, had also discovered a form of integral calculus much earlier. To which of them did the fundamental concepts belong?

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RE[2]: My two cents
by JoshuaS on Mon 8th Oct 2012 17:13 in reply to "RE: My two cents"
JoshuaS Member since:
2011-09-15

Terrible conterexample. Is F = ma a product produced by a company? No. Patents aren't a tool to get a monopoly on applying a law of nature. They're on getting a monoply on a product you conceived. A good patent office would know this.

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RE[3]: My two cents
by Gullible Jones on Mon 8th Oct 2012 18:06 in reply to "RE[2]: My two cents"
Gullible Jones Member since:
2006-05-23

Okay, I suppose that's not a great example. Even so...

They're on getting a monoply on a product you conceived.

How is this not a problem? Even in theory it allows the inventor to have a stranglehold on X product and anything derived from X product. Yay price fixing.

Mind, IRL it's usually not the inventor who has the patent, it's the corporation the inventor works for. So it's not even like the interests of the actual inventor are being protected.

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RE[3]: My two cents
by intangible on Mon 8th Oct 2012 18:07 in reply to "RE[2]: My two cents"
intangible Member since:
2005-07-06

"If only we have the right people in charge it would be okay" (in this context, "smarter patent authority")...

I dunno about you, but after seeing government after government try that route, I just don't think it's going to work.
Those with incentive to game the system end up corrupting it through various influences; the only way to win is to reduce the power of the system.

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