Chinese Researcher Points Out How Patents Can Hinder Innovation
from the surprising dept
Still, it's quite surprising to see (via Glyn Moody) an opinion piece at China Daily by Mei Xinyu, a research scholar at the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation, so accurately laying out the problem with patents. Here are just a few snippets, but the whole thing is worth a read:
The fundamental driving force of innovation is competition, while IPR protection in substance is a kind of monopoly. Monopoly can provide incentives for innovation, but it can also prompt former innovators to gain high return by relying on the products they have already innovated, rather than pushing them toward further innovation. Such a situation will ultimately weaken the power of technological innovation.It's really one of the most accurate explanations of the problems with patents today that I've seen in a while.
Moreover, a stringent IPR protection system will encourage enterprises to take moral risks. To maintain their competitive edge, some enterprises can use a strict IPR system to set up barriers for their competitors.
Some scholars describe the IPR disputes raised by developed countries against developing countries as "removing the ladder of development of developing countries". Enterprises in developed countries often erect trade barriers against their foreign competitors, especially those from developing countries, in the name of "infringement of intellectual property".
Very stringent IPR protection laws can worsen the conditions needed for innovation. They can force innovators to focus less on further innovation, and more on "infringement".