This American Life - When Patents Attack

  • metta

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    Jul 30, 2011 7:39 AM GMT
    This American Life - When Patents Attack

    I wonder if this will eventually put an end to start ups in the tech industry?

    http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/441/when-patents-attack
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    Jul 30, 2011 8:01 AM GMT
    Caught this, one of the best I've ever listened. Kinda creepy.
  • thebigtwist

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    Jul 30, 2011 8:23 AM GMT
    I loved this one. It's a perfect example of how a well-intentioned system can end up having the adverse effect. Can we ever go back to a non-patent system? Or develop a new system to take it's place?

    I wonder if there are any alternatives to patents out there, or a solution to this problem.
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    Jul 30, 2011 1:12 PM GMT
    metta8 saidI wonder if this will eventually put an end to start ups in the tech industry?
    Yes, and probably already has.
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    Jul 30, 2011 3:50 PM GMT
    Thanks for sharing. I too wonder what solutions are possible. icon_confused.gif
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    Jul 30, 2011 5:16 PM GMT
    thebigtwist saidI loved this one. It's a perfect example of how a well-intentioned system can end up having the adverse effect. Can we ever go back to a non-patent system? Or develop a new system to take it's place?

    I wonder if there are any alternatives to patents out there, or a solution to this problem.


    I have similar thoughts as well. This was a great segment to listen to. The patent system has certainly made the possibility of technological inventions and entrepreneurship difficult and odious. I was surprise to hear that 37% of patents are for already invented ideas. However, due to companies like those of Chris Crawford and Monsanto, perhaps it is time for the US Patent and Trademark Office to revise the word "monopoly."
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    Jul 30, 2011 11:21 PM GMT
    TerraFirma saidThanks for sharing. I too wonder what solutions are possible. icon_confused.gif


    The government made this mess, they are the only ones with the capability to correct it. And to correct it is going to be messy. The tech industry is a vital part our economy. We really need to put pressure on the government to do what the can to fix this mess. Letting frivolous lawsuits wipe out start-ups is just wrong.
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    Jul 30, 2011 11:51 PM GMT
    This sums things up quite nicely..

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    Jul 30, 2011 11:57 PM GMT
    xrichx saidThis sums things up quite nicely..

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    I own the patent to doorless entryways, so if you remove your door to avoid paying for the above patent, you have to pay for mine.
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    Jul 31, 2011 12:30 AM GMT
    It's what happens when the government interferes in the market.

    The Wright Brothers were major trolls. They caused the nascent aviation industry in America to falter until after WWI.