A Tiny Bit Of Good News On Patent Reform

from the just-a-tiny-bit dept

While we believe strongly that the patent system often goes against its original purpose of encouraging innovation, we still get pretty nervous whenever politicians start talking about patent reform -- because it often seems like their reforms would only make the system worse. That's not to say it's not well-intentioned, but the unintended consequences will often create the opposite result than the politicians expect. There is one tiny bit of good news, however. When the House Subcommittee on intellectual property issues held hearings yesterday about patent reform, they heard from a group of folks who mostly have an excellent grasp of the problems the system faces. The folks in the room at least heard more accurate descriptions of many of the problems with the system than what you hear normally. The panel included economist Adam Jaffe, who literally wrote a book about the problems of the patent system and the unintended consequences of certain changes to the system in the past. I don't agree with some of Jaffe's suggestions on how to repair the system -- but it's good new to hear that his description of the problems of the system is being heard.


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    viperdesignz, Feb 16th, 2007 @ 5:51pm

    Fuck the system.

     

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    Kyros, Feb 16th, 2007 @ 6:01pm

    Well....If I did that..I'd want to use a condom...but nonetheless, It's good that we may by some small miracle chance manage to fix the patent system so that in some small miniscule way it doesn't suck quite as much.

     

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    Coxox, Feb 16th, 2007 @ 6:19pm

    So...expect changes in what, fifty sixty years?

     

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    MrPaladin, Feb 17th, 2007 @ 4:59am

    Patent reform...

    If you want something done at 10 times the cost and 5 times as long... get the goverment to do it... thats all I'm saying...

     

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    j.d.bellie, Feb 17th, 2007 @ 5:43pm

    Jaffe is not a patent attorney or agent. He is NOT
    familiar with how the system works. Has he prosecuted one
    single application? NO!!!

     

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    Mike (profile), Feb 18th, 2007 @ 12:45pm

    Re:

    Jaffe is not a patent attorney or agent. He is NOT
    familiar with how the system works. Has he prosecuted one
    single application? NO!!!


    And that's a good thing. As we were explaining the other day, looking only to patent attorneys to figure out how the patent system should work is like asking only automotive execs how car safety should work. They're inherently biased in one direction.

    Patent attorneys look at the mechanism and at how it impacts themselves. Economists (like Jaffe) are more able to step back and look at the overall system to see if there's a net benefit or a net negative.

    By the way, to say that he is not familiar with how the system works is laughable. Go read his book and explain how he doesn't know how the system works. I'm guessing he understands it a lot better than someone who insists that you can only understand the system if he's prosecuted an application.

     

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    NewspeakIsUngood, Feb 18th, 2007 @ 4:56pm

    Re: Re:

    Mike, you're normally above ad hominem attacks. Please keep it that way!

     

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    Noel Le, Feb 18th, 2007 @ 8:16pm

    Prof Jaffe

    J.D.Bellie, Jaffe is one of the most well published and famous of living industrial economists. He's done a lot of good work on government R&D policy, history of innovation, technology transfer and innovation policy. You should probably read some of his work before writing anything else on Mr. Masnick's blog.

     

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    SMB, Feb 19th, 2007 @ 9:04am

    I have a patent on reforming the patent system.


    ...Who do I sue?

     

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