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(AlterNet)   Old and busted: Patenting things to get protection for your new invention. New and shiny: Patenting to prevent others from inventing things   (alternet.org) divider line 2
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2488 clicks; posted to Geek » on 19 Apr 2014 at 5:06 PM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2014-04-19 05:37:43 PM  
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Vlad_the_Inaner: It's not new.  Some guy was scared of certain mad-science like things, and wanted to prevent such technology from being developed.   Assignee was to "The Dis Corperation" (get it?).  I guess he was scared by the movie

/found the patent, read the story years ago
//patent lapsed, let the mad science begin!  (thunder rolls)

[patentimages.storage.googleapis.com image 850x1248]


///probably was scared by below as a kid.
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I don't see a label for Neck Juice.
2014-04-20 08:51:18 AM  
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Flint Ironstag: Vlad_the_Inaner: It's not new.  Some guy was scared of certain mad-science like things, and wanted to prevent such technology from being developed.   Assignee was to "The Dis Corperation" (get it?).  I guess he was scared by the movie

/found the patent, read the story years ago
//patent lapsed, let the mad science begin!  (thunder rolls)

[patentimages.storage.googleapis.com image 850x1248]


///probably was scared by below as a kid.
[3.bp.blogspot.com image 850x512]


Patents only last twenty years at most, so stopping anyone else doing it would (a) not stop others doing it for private research etc and (b) only last twenty years.

The article is a bit misinformed and/or biased. Patents and Copyrights were designed to allow the creator to profit by having an exclusive period. That's the whole point. Otherwise why have patents at all? You invent something? Great. Start making it and sell as many as you can before all your competitors copy you.
It will cost millions to develop and you make something like a drug that has to be publicly disclosed before you start selling it so you competitors can reach the market the same day as you without having to spend those millions? Tough.

Result? No one will spend millions developing new drugs. Why would they if they can just be undercut by everyone else on day one?

Result? No new drugs.


Huey Lewis has been upset about this patent since 1985.
 
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