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[News] Researchers Explain Why Patents Can be Bad for Society

  • Subject: [News] Researchers Explain Why Patents Can be Bad for Society
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 26 Nov 2009 17:31:38 +0000
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Researchers: Copying And Imitation Is Good For Society

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| And, now some researchers have started to look 
| into it, and actually have built a model that 
| shows society is likely better off when copying 
| is the norm. Aaron deOliveira alerts us to the 
| research on this, which tries to model societies 
| with creators and innovators, and finds that 
| society is served best when 30% of the 
| population is involved in creating new goods, 
| while 70% is focused on copying.


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What use are research patents?

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| In any case, I'm not buying David's assertion that "most universities", or
| most hospitals or research institutes for that matter, rely heavily on
| licensing income. And that being so, I am also somewhat skeptical about the
| number of researchers' families being supported by patents.
| What's the Open Science connection? Well, if you're interested in patenting
| the results of your research, there are a lot of restrictions on how you can
| disseminate your results. You can't keep an Open Notebook, or upload
| unprotected work to a preprint server or publicly-searchable repository, or
| even in many cases talk about the IP-related parts of your work at
| conferences. It seems from the data above that most universities would not be
| losing much if they gave up chasing patents entirely; nor would they be
| risking much future income, since so few seem to get significant funds from
| licensing.


Time to rethink intellectual property laws?

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| Conversely, there is widespread anecdotal evidence that the act created a
| mind-set among many researchers that their knowledge represents a potential
| goldmine not to be shared with potential competitors (i.e. those working in
| other universities) - at least until it has been protected by a patent
| application.
| Similarly, the act has led to a flood of âupstreamâ patents on basic
| scientific knowledge, leading to what some commentators describe as a
| virtually impenetrable âpatent thicketâ blocking small-scale inventors from
| marketing their products. For example, restrictive software patents limit
| further development and commercialisation in the field of information
| technology.

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