[ExI] Problem with Pattents
ABlainey at aol.com
ABlainey at aol.com
Fri Feb 22 05:26:37 UTC 2008
I have been thinking recently about patents and whether they are
fundamentally wrong. As an inventor I have no problem with people getting credit where
credit is due. , likewise no problem with monetary gain from one's endeavours
however I get a biting feeling that patents are purely selfish and uncivilised.
My reasoning is that many super rich people and companies got that way from
patent license fees. In many cases the 'invention' was done by some hard
working minion of the company who probably didn't get much more than their basic
salary for the accomplishment.
I know that as an inventor, I have sat on quite a few inventions, simply
because I didn't have the cash for patents. In several cases this has led to
someone else beating me to the market. Believe it or not, my first invention was
radar for cars that stopped you bumping into things when you were parking. Sound
familiar? So is my hard work worth less than theirs? How many thousands of
useful products are currently gathering dust or being kept secret?
It has made me wonder what would happen if the patent system were scrapped.
As I see it, the immediate effect would be a whole bunch of very cheap
pharmaceuticals hitting the market. I also think this is the only way to create a
truly competitive market place, where only the best quality products (or
versions of) for a reasonable price would survive.
I can imagine it somewhat levelling the income levels of many people as there
would be many more companies in the world, with much flatter structures. Not
only that, but you would also be more likely to get paid according to how
much/how well you work, rather than how well you can exploit others.
I think this is probably a very timely subject with the possibility of
desktop production machines getting closer and closer. Imagine a world where you can
create anything you want in a desktop nano machine, but have to swipe your
credit card to pay some corporation patent licence fees, just because they had
the resources to beat everyone to the patent office.
New inventions are just progressions of existing technology, so given the
wheel it was inevitable that someone would build a cart. So why are we paying the
It would be nice to live in a world where invention was done for its own
worth rather than the dreams of piles of cash. Wouldn't that kind of world be
better at inventing more useful and effective things rather than the same old crap
in a different package?
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