Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> Chocolate coins for EPO cash cow
> ,----[ Quote ]
>| Examiners of the European Patent Office have recently invaded one of the
>| secret meetings of the Administrative Council with chocolate coins, pointing
>| to the conflict of interests between the National Patent Offices (NPOs) and
>| their appetite of "more patents, more money".
> Good news to fighters against software patents:
This is where the US went wrong. Start making these things into profit
centres, and instead of having carefully balanced, considered but most
of all *lightweight" governance, you end up with a work-creation
scheme, where a government agency is trying to make a "profit" by
granting monopolies to private companies.
>From a government point of view, it's hard to see how that can help, as
the most likely long-term outcome is the crippling of portions of the
economy, and a commensurate reduction in taxation revenue.
It's all more than a little short-sighted, particularly when you
consider that those countries which avoid these mistakes will not suffer
the monopoly problem, therefore will have more effective and presumably
successful markets, leading to more taxation revenue, too.
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