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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    teka (profile), 3 Feb 2011 @ 11:08pm

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    that is funny..

    reading through the comments that you claim prove your point, all i see is a lot of baseless "well, maybe everyone just became 30% percent better at their job. it could happen!" and "They probably just filed a whole stack of patents in january, for no apparent reason!"

    Never addressing the simple idea that the easiest way to get approximately 30% more work out of the same amount of people is to lower the standards of their work or dramatically improve the systems that support it. Since there has been no sign of the latter, might it be the former?

    don't worry, you can come along and whine "go back to drinking your koolaid freetard!" whenever you like. It makes your type look terribly clever, honest.

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