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[News] Top EPO Figure: Patents Are Moot in Age of Cooperation

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[Dr. Berthold Rutz, EPO:] Shades of "Open innovation" through the EPO Scenarios

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| The powerful paradigm of open and collaborative innovation is no longer 
| limited to the area of software development but has found proponents in other 
| technical fields such as consumer goods, pharmaceuticals and automotive. Are 
| traditional forms of intellectual property protection such as patents, 
| copyrights or design rights still appropriate in a world where knowledge is 
| increasingly shared and innovation becomes a collaborative process? What role 
| will IP rights play in the future and what challenges will they face?      


The lawyers might disagree with him. They'd rather corrupt the system to secure
revenue streams. Programmers were polled many times to show that they may want
copyrights, not patents.


Intellectual Property Regime Stifles Science and Innovation, Nobel Laureates

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| Patent monopolies are believed to drive innovation but they actually impede
| the pace of science and innovation, Stiglitz said. The current “patent
| thicket,” in which anyone who writes a successful software programme is sued
| for alleged patent infringement, highlights the current IP system’s failure
| to encourage innovation, he said.
| Another problem is that the social returns from innovation do not accord with
| the private returns associated with the patent system, Stiglitz said. The
| marginal benefit from innovation is that an idea may become available sooner
| than it might have. But the person who secures the patent on it wins a
| long-term monopoly, creating a gap between private and social returns.

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