Patents Protect Whom?


Do creative types need patents to protect their novel ideas? Should government be in the patent busy? If so, should government issue them for a filing fee or for a portion of how much the idea is worth? Presently, big companies stockpile patents, stake claims on the field of knowledge, keeping off any next generation intellectual explorers. Could techno-progress proceed more rapidly with a reform of intellectual property protection? Could creators have a better chance of compensation? How have other times and places handled these questions?

Jeffery J. Smith

Affiliation Forum on Geonomics; Society for Ecological Economics

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