Does no one see the implications for patents?
Posted May 9, 2012 20:36 UTC (Wed) by khim
In reply to: Does no one see the implications for patents?
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It's my belief that they were invented to discourage secret recipes that would die with their inventor.
You need a history refresher course, then. They were invented for one goal and one goal only: enrichment of patent holders. Nothing more, nothing less.
Later most patents were abolished. Repeat after me (three times): the abolishment of most patents is "one of the landmarks in the transition of [England's] economy from the feudal to the capitalist".
Most patents were abolished but some were kept "To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts". But of course as time goes on patents are used more and more for their original purpose.
It's time to repeat the procedure and cut the reach of patents again.
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