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[News] "Fee Culture" Fought Against, USPTO's Illnesses Ientified

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Free Culture vs. Fear Culture vs. Fee Culture

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| This is probably why I chose to require that videos be submitted to the 
| Mozilla Net Effects video program be licensed under the Creative Common 
| NonCommercial-ShareAlike license — I let my fear of someone misusing the 
| videos outweigh the benefits from allowing commercial use. People with bad 
| intentions will do bad things with the videos, often regardless of the 
| license on the work. Preventing people who do create good in society from 
| using the work in a broad way is just providing extra advantage to those who 
| break the rules.       


Patent Trolls Symptom of Problem

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| Here is a well-written piece by Timothy B. Lee at the Cato Institute which 
| focuses on how we can improve the patent system. It points out that patent 
| trolls are merely a symptom of a patent system which is dysfunctional. In 
| addition it touches on VoIP patents and is worth a read if you have interest 
| in our patent system.    



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.


Economist Critic of Software Patents gets Nobel Prize

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| The FFII congratulates Eric S. Maskin, an economist who has long criticised
| the patenting of software, for receiving the 2007 Nobel Prize for Economics.
| Prof. Maskin and two colleagues receive the Prize for research into the
| optimal design of economic mechanisms. By applying his theory to the IT
| sector, Maskin demonstrated "that in such a dynamic industry, patent
| protection may reduce overall innovation and welfare."

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