The root cause
Posted Jul 5, 2012 9:55 UTC (Thu) by Yorick
In reply to: The root cause
Parent article: Akademy: Defensive publications
So going after the root cause would mean to work to abolish the patent-system altogether. No Quarter.
Oh yes, no question about it. However, patents may be a bit like nuclear weapons or trade tariffs in that unilateral abolishment may be perceived as a disadvantage. The solution is of course multilateralism, but it's been somewhat unfashionable lately.
The main advantage of a prior-art database is that it is very cheap, both to run and to use. It may not be as legally powerful as a "defensive patent", but applying for one is vastly more expensive than adding a quick note to the database.
Nice set of quotes, by the way, the one by Koechlin-Geigy in particular. Are they from your own research?
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