"The historical and international evidence suggests that while weak patent systems may mildly increase innovation with limited side effects, strong patent systems retard innovation with many negative side effects." "innovations leading to the creation of a new industry .. is seldom, if ever, born out of patent protection and is instead the fruit of a competitive environment."
— Boldrin and Levine. The Case Against Patents.
J. Economic Perspectives. (huffpo
posted by jeffburdges
on Feb 6, 2013 -
is a design and manufacturing website for inventors
. In 2010, one of their users, Bill Ward, came up with an idea for a dustpan called the Broom Groomer
with a comb-like edge for cleaning off all the dustbunnies and stuff that builds up on your broom. Turns out, gadget company OXO came out with a very similar design in 2012 called the Upright Sweep Set
. Last week, the folks at Quirky staged a protest
and paid for a billboard that accused OXO of ripping off their design.
OXO responds on their blog
with a mini-lesson on patents and international intellectual property rights.
posted by 23skidoo
on Jan 27, 2013 -
The end of one-click patents?
The Supreme court recently handed down a decision in the case of KSR v. Teleflex
requiring courts to use "common sense"
in determining what is an is not "Obvious" and therefore not patentable. According to SCOTUSblog, this will greatly affect "combination" patents that involve combining two already existing ideas in a new way.
posted by delmoi
on May 9, 2007 -