Originally Posted by CrazyHeaven
This post shouldn't be taken too seriously. Just a few thoughts I had without looking too much into them.
We need more rules to protect us from the lawsuits. It would be nice if we managed to do 5 things.
1) Put a stop to patent sitting. If you haven't used it, have no plans on using it then you should lose the patent on it.
2) Vague patents have to be more defined. This should count even for preexisting patents. Someone shouldn't be allowed to say put a patent on 0's and '1s and sue everyone who uses them in any sort of way.
3) They need to expire sooner otherwise they will hurt innovation. 5 years is long enough.
4) Patents need to be sold for a fair price. No locking people out of special files/tools needed to do something without ever giving them the chance to even buy the stupid patents from you.
5) Learn 2 share! Seriously, we'd all have more if we just shared what we had and the cost of R&D would drop dramatically.
Tsumi already provide a good critique. I'll added...
1) What if an inventor does not have the capital to actually build a product utilizing his/her patent? You proposal means either they lose their patent protection or forced to sell it.
2) Explicitly define "vague" and explicitly define "defined". Can't do it, can you?
3) It can takes years to bring a product to market. "5 years is long enough" is based on exactly what? Do you have empirical or statistical evidence to back up your statement?
4) Explicitly define "fair". How do you price a unique product? Prices are determined by comparables and by supply vs demand. (I work in financial systems so I know about pricing.) If you don't have a substitute product, then it is all by demand. So you are asking the government to regulate patent sales now?
5) The US government and other sources already do pay for a lot of the basic science R&D. The internal R&D is what gives companies a competitive advantage over others.... why would companies want to give away their crown jewels after spending the capital on them? For example, Google has released mind-blowing white papers on their internal technology.... MapReduce, Dremel, leap second smear, Spanner. They only published these technologies years after they designed and implemented.