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why software is different

why software is different

Posted Nov 16, 2012 0:54 UTC (Fri) by Cyberax (✭ supporter ✭, #52523)
In reply to: why software is different by dlang
Parent article: Phipps: Stop patent mischief by curbing patent enforcement

>I think that the 'public pays, private patents earn rewards' is fundamental abuse of the system, and all public grants should include a clause stating that the results of the research should be publicly available at no cost
That's actually exactly the case with the NIH grants.

The problem is, the distance from a promising drug candidate (a typical academical result) to a working drug is a couple of billions of dollars and 10 years of work.


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why software is different

Posted Nov 16, 2012 1:10 UTC (Fri) by dlang (subscriber, #313) [Link]

In that case, the drug company should reimburse the government for the research costs when they decide to take on the rest of the process.

But the typical case of 'public funding, private patents' is not in the drug field, it's in other fields where the researchers doing the research get the patent in their name and then sell it.

whoever funds the research should get the patent, they can then sell or license it to industry for implementation.

why software is different

Posted Nov 16, 2012 1:14 UTC (Fri) by Cyberax (✭ supporter ✭, #52523) [Link]

Why? That's the task of academia - producing new results. You can download NIH result papers and go on creating your own drug in a garage. It's not uncommon that several companies might try to use a lead from the same paper.

And the final drugs rarely look anything like the first version of drug.

why software is different

Posted Nov 16, 2012 11:29 UTC (Fri) by pboddie (guest, #50784) [Link]

On the topic of different incentive structures, I came across this explanation of the division of financial responsibilities for oil exploration in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. Again, it's not exactly analogous to either software or drug development, but there are parallels (and a lot of money involved).


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