I do agree that too much money and resources is dedicated to creating patents vs. spending that time and effort innovating.
Have you read the book "Wikinomics" by: Don Tapscott?
I've recently been listening to the audio book version and he really explains how mass collaboration could benifit innovation by sharing ideas vs. trying to control markets through patents, copy rights laws ...
Some of it really makes sense to me. I can send you my copy of the audiobook version when I'm done or you can purchase it off of Amazon for like $7.00 including shipping if you have not read it.
I see what you're saying and I agree. I am one who thinks that more competition in any industry is a great thing. But I don't know if the fear of sharing ideas is more about losing control of you Intellectual Property more than fear of competition. If I spend tons of $$ and resources developing something, I do not want someone else completely unvested to take the idea and run with it.
Let talented and creative people help expand and improve the current software we use today. Yes, sales numbers may be hurt... a little. But, our software technology could be so much better than what we have today if the companies involved would open up their eyes and see that the best and the most creative talent is not within their company, but outside it.
They should be extending their hands to outside ideas and innovation, possibly offering rewards for innovative ideas or suggestions.
It is my opinion that many patents hinder innovation and creative thought.
I still need some convincing that it hinders genuine innovation. Enterprises have long been in the business of ring-fencing genuine innovations by patenting many minor variants to ensure that competitors have difficulty in developing something similar but not identical. Is the litigation referred to here just defending that territory? If so, I am not convinced its a real enemy of innovation.
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