On patents


Kropotkin argues that patents slow down human progress. He noted that inventors always relied on the accumulated knowledge of the race and as such owe it to posterity to allow access to their invention.

The question to be asked is how to pay back these individuals for their work. How do developers who share their work on open source make money? Could this be the way to go? Would we, by doing this improve on the inventions of those before us?

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

14 thoughts on “On patents

  1. Ah, patents! Your first title read “Parents”. I’ve got a patent pending for a new gas chamber/crematorium combo unit to rid America of lazy poor people and smelly disabled ones. 🙂

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  2. renudepride says:

    Fortunately, being Deaf, I consider myself a man of a differing ability as opposed to a disabled man. There, I saved myself and other persons of differing abilities a visit to the gas chambers/crematoriums. We should all remember the fate of the last persons who conceived the idea that such devices were indeed a final solution. Naked hugs!

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  3. Ubi Dubium says:

    I worked in the patent field for awhile, and I think the way they are structured, at least in the US, is a reasonable compromise. Having a patent gives the inventor exclusive rights to the invention, but only for twenty years. But the price of this protection is that the details of the invention are made public, and once the patent expires they are then available to the public at large for anyone to use. (During the term of the patent, it must also be maintained with the payment of regular fees to the Patent Office. If those fees are not paid, the patent lapses, and likewise is available for the general public. So if an invention is not being used, and the inventor doesn’t care to maintain their rights, the invention may be available to the public earlier.)

    That’s one of the reasons that some corporations don’t patent their trade secrets. Like the formula for Coca-Cola, for instance. Patenting it would force them to make the formula public, and they’d rather guard their secret for the long-term than do that.

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  4. Although I’m no expert on patents, I do recall numerous recurring stories about inventors and entrepreneurs who were reportedly silenced through patent purchases and corporate buy-outs by big businesses which felt threatened by new innovations. One that immediately comes to mind is the documentary film Who Killed the Electric Car? which details how General Motors (and other interests) stopped producing its successful EV1 model for no apparent reason.

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