Yes, fix the patent system
Posted Apr 26, 2011 10:07 UTC (Tue) by dpc
In reply to: Yes, fix the patent system
Parent article: A victory for the trolls
I can go into the economics behind it and how the lack of profit motivation and the ability to do proper accounting makes it impossible to accurately gauge the demand and usefulness of products, but most people would have no clue what I am talking about. It's not 'government is teh suxor', but simply a result of a facet of human nature
I can understand economy well. I understand what you mean. However I disagree. The pharmacy does not have to be post-paid.
Sick people (their friends, families and foundations around them) are vitally interested in paying for the fact of researching. They would pay companies with good previous record of drag researching and publishing solutions for the promise that when the cure is found it would be "open-sourced"/"more or less free for anybody to produce", etc.
If selling medicine after successful research would be impossible (due to lack of patents), these companies would have to switch to a model which is more or less Open Source in medicine. Companies would be run for profit (selfish motivation, good!), would compete between them-selfs (good!) and once something is discovered everyone can benefit instantly (think about poor countries) and other drugs can be researched without licensing and patenting issues.
I see no reason why this model would be anyhow less efficient than current post-paying. But I'm opened for discussion.
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