And Now Europe Feels The Need To Catch Up To China And The US In The Self-Destructive Patent Race

from the bad-news-for-innovation dept

Well, you had to know this was coming. When you make the very dangerous mistake of assuming that patents are a proxy for innovation, then you get concerned when other countries/regions are getting more patents than you are. We've already covered how China is ramping up their patent approvals in an attempt to create an economic weapon against the West ("sorry, you can't sell those computers here, they violate the patent of this Shanghai firm..."). And, of course, the US has stupidly fallen into line and started approving patents willy-nilly to keep up. So, over in Europe, overreacting bureaucrats are about to make the same mistake. They've declared that the EU is "falling behind" in innovation (really, patents) and are urging a more streamlined patent system that would be European-wide. The idea, of course, is that with a EU-wide patent system, it becomes easier to get patents. Of course, that only helps innovation if patents actually lead to more innovation and, sadly, the evidence suggests otherwise.

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    Anonymous Coward, 4 Feb 2011 @ 3:17am

    Curiously I live in Europe and just the other day was talking to people in the know, and the general feeling is that we should have more citizens and entrepreneurs aware of the patent system, BUT, as a EPO examiner said, even if we get a million applications each year, we WILL reject 99.9% of those if they do not meet the requirements... and that's it.. and we are NOT catching up to anyone... call it European pride, but we see China and the US as bad examples in patenting practices!

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