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[News] Intellectual Monopolies Seen as Harmful, European Commission is Investigating

  • Subject: [News] Intellectual Monopolies Seen as Harmful, European Commission is Investigating
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 22 Aug 2009 23:46:23 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Looks Like IP Is About To Slow Down Innovation In Clean Tech

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| Plenty of studies have shown, over and over again, that in an emerging 
| market, the last thing you want is patent protection. It slows down 
| innovation and adoption drastically. That's because in a brand new emerging 
| market, the bigger issue is actually figuring out how to get the market 
| established -- and that means a lot of different efforts getting thrown at 
| the wall, and the ability for multiple parties to try different approaches to 
| getting things to work in a way that the market wants. Often this means a lot 
| more sharing of ideas (even among competitors), as everyone begins to 
| recognize that getting over that adoption hurdle is a much bigger deal than 
| hoarding IP. And that's a key point.         


Why We Must Call Them "Intellectual Monopolies"

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| There we have it: the more opponents collude by using the "eye-pea" term, the 
| more the monopolists can point to this as "proof" that copyright and patents 
| are property, not monopolies.  


European Commission to commission research into IP systems 

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| The European Commission's Directorate-General for Internal Market and 
| Services plans to conclude a contract for a comprehensive study on patent 
| quality. The aim is to study the quality of patent rights with economic 
| analysis in order to propose effective policy solutions for the optimal 
| functioning of the future patent system in Europe considering its objectives 
| to encourage innovation and the diffusion of new technology and knowledge. 
| This should take into account a system with the co-existence of national and 
| European patents, and a future Community patent which is currently being 
| negotiated between Member States.        



EU Commission Sponsoring Study On The Quality Of The Patent System In Europe

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| In political terms, this move of the EU Commission might indicate that they
| do want to have a take of their own on the topic of patent quality: Despite
| the fact that the European Patent Office (EPO) is working since many years on
| this aspect on their business, the EU Commission has decided to spend some
| money in order to obtain something like a second opinion independently from
| EPO.

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