Patent Reform Takes Half A Baby Step In A Forward-Like Direction

from the this-is-progress? dept

Well, I don't know if anyone could actually call it "progress," but at least it sounds like more and more people are beginning to realize that the only people who actually benefit from the current patent system is the lawyers. A conference to discuss these issues seemed to have the typical problems as people realized that (despite simplistic rhetoric) the patent system can both encourage and discourage innovation - and it's important to figure out ways to lessen the "discourage" part. The one bit of (possibly, maybe) good news is a new technology "working group" to look at the issue of technology patent reform. Of course, this pretty much guarantees a lot more red tape, arguments, and very little actual patent reform. If we really reform the patent system within a decade it will be a shocker.

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  1. identicon
    NOBODY, Apr 19th, 2004 @ 7:23am

    No Subject Given

    It's not just patents mike.
    The entire system of IP in the US and the world needs a major overhaul. I would be amazed if we could fix it within the next 50 years.

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    AMetamorphosis, Apr 19th, 2004 @ 8:31am

    But first we must conduct a " study "

    Thats ok ...
    Our government will allot several million dollars to conduct a study & waste several years to tell us what we already know ...

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