Brio and Open-Source Hardware
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| I know the standard arguments about the necessity of rewarding
| invention, but it's very noticeable that a lot of innovation
| happens in the open-source world and in what you might call
| the non-patent space, among academic researchers and the like.
| When Bell Labs invented the transistor, they didn't try to
| enforce patents on it. Instead they published all their
| results in peer-reviewed journals and organised technical
| conferences to spread the knowledge. Perhaps the optimal
| solution isn't to look for a total solution, but just to
| start pushing back the limits of the IP-sphere and seew
| hat happens, tolerating any anomalies? Again, seeing that
| the EU's misbegotten software patents directive is now
| dead, this is something we could get started..
Big businesses boast of patent benefits, for small businesses
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| A report published by an EU task force on intellectual property claims
| that small businesses benefit from a patent system, despite lacking
| almost any participation by the small business community.
| Instead, the report, titled IPR (intellectual property rights) for
| competitiveness and innovation, was written up almost entirely by
| large corporations and the patent industry.
| The report does note objections from the likes of patentfrei.de and
| Sun Microsystems, which were recorded at some length in the report.
| But this does not appear to have impacted the conclusion of the
| report in any way
| Jean-Pierre Laisne, of ObjectWeb, an open source software community,
| said that he found the report useless: participants were told that
| all their contributions would be recorded but at the end only
| those of Business Software Alliance and Microsoft were used.