Actually Competing In The Marketplace Is Using Intellectual Property In The Wrong Way?
from the so-the-experts-say dept
Many Asian countries have the reputation of not respecting intellectual property, but it appears that’s starting to change. However, in a bit of an odd article, a bunch of experts are claiming that Asian firms are recognizing intellectual property in the “wrong” way. They don’t quite define what that wrong way is, but it certainly sounds like these experts are upset that there aren’t more things like patent infringement lawsuits or other attempts to limit the use of intellectual property. Instead, they bemoan the fact that these companies admit that non-tangible assets are important, but seem to prefer just focusing on competing in the marketplace, rather than worrying about who is using who’s technology. The experts in the article act as if competition is a bad thing. They complain that much of what’s on the market is a company copying another company — but that’s what competition is, and what drives the different companies to be better in the long run. Unfortunately, it’s probably true that as these industries develop and as these experts teach them the “benefits” of locking up intellectual property things may change — but that doesn’t mean it’s good for the overall economy or society.