5 hours ago, evildictaitor wrote
I agree - the process of applying for patents should be as simple, cheap and straightforward as possible for small and independent inventors.
Sure, it's never the fault of the system, it's the fault of people in the system, they are doing it wrong.
If you look at what the patent system has brought us, is a whole bunch of protectionism and an army of lawyers.
Huurah for progress!
But the solution to this isn't to abolish the concept of patents, or the ability for inventors to protect their inventions through copyright and patent law. If you do that, JK Rowling would be poor and her publisher would be rich and all small innovative companies would go out of business to big companies that are good at copying and producing goods cheaply rather than inventing new products.
And how would I go about checking the fact the JK Rowling wouldnt have made a fortune? You can't prove that statement, so it's not valid.
I can however point you to the Star Wars books. You are free to write those and publish. The result is a whole host of fan and professional books that all take place in the Star Wars universe. The spinoff is it's keeping the idea alive and Lucas can still make money off his original work.
So you have your hypothetical situations, mine is based on fact.
The west is powered by innovation (in contrast to many of the emerging countries that are powered by manual labour). If we want to remain competitive, we really need more innovation not less, and that means reforming patent law to work - not abolishing it and letting all of our ideas pass for free to big manufacturing firms in emerging economies.
Patents prohibit innovation. You are not allowed by law to improve upon the ideas of others.
If we want to stay ahead of developing countries, we need to get rid of patent law.
China and India are rapidly becoming more innovate, because they have no lawyers holding them back. If we want to stay ahead, we should even up the odds, not stack them further against us.
If you abolish patents tomorrow, everyone in Silicon Valley and Redmond will be unemployed by Christmas.
Your arguments always focus on the negative and are not based on facts but on emotions. This is just doom mongering.
We've had innovation before patents, had our biggest innovation and growth then, therefore we will have innovation after patents.