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Re: [tlug] Patents gone wrong?
- Date: Sun, 27 Aug 2006 16:42:47 +0900
- From: "Michael Engel" <email@example.com>
- Subject: Re: [tlug] Patents gone wrong?
- References: <firstname.lastname@example.org> <email@example.com> <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I forgot one VERY important point, sorry. If a company does not want to keep the patent, because the process doesn't bring them money, they usually abandon the patent and do not pay the patent fees anymore - so it immediately becomes public domain. This process has a very high incentive to either do something with your invention or to free it. And now copyright - you just do anything and nobody can use it for your live plus 75 years. Which process is better ? I would say a patent: You can use your invention for 20 years and earn money with it or you abandon it, then somebody else with another idea can use it and - that bring's process. That it works, you can see with generic drugs like Aspirin (acetyl-salicylic acid). As soon as the patent protection was over, other companies produced it too and they sell it much cheaper compared to the Aspirin company. I see lots of advantages if software would also be patented.
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