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, 3 Feb 2011 @ 11:16pm

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    Teka, the point is that the number of patents was entirely in line with past performance measured over the 20 year run (increase per year) and the "30% better at the job" is relative to the year before, not the overall trend. In reality, the previous years had been flat showing no increase, which was very much out of line with reality. It would appear that a fairly sizable backlog was released in the year, making the results look bigger than they really were.

    More over, the point is that while Mike didn't prove anything in the other article (except perhaps that he didn't dig for the truth), he has no problem using it here to support some tin foil "patent race" trip he has been on recently. It's taking opinion, and stacking it on top of another opinion and trying to pass it off as fact. It fails.

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