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Yours and Mine

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Today, anything can be patented. Apple has protected the hand swipe for the iPad, Monsanto slapped its label on a type of potato, even genes are now protected under patent law. But what happens when patent rights prevent innovation or increase the chance of epidemics? A reform of the legal framework might be in order.

Background

Patent Monopolies

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Monopoly on Idiocy

Our current patent system cannot be fixed; it must be abolished if we want to safeguard innovation and human development.

Patent Litigation in the Digital Age

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Soft War

Software patents hinder innovation and foster litigation. If patent trolls continue to use them to their benefit, innovative companies like Facebook won’t stand a chance.

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Professor

James Bessen
30.10.2013

Reforming the Patent System

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A Toll on Innovation

Patent trolls have broken the patent system. Six proposals for a reboot:

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Lawyer

Julie Samuels
29.10.2013

Flaws of the Patent System

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Impatent

The basic flaw of our patent system is that no one is measuring patent quality. Large businesses take advantage of this and thereby destroy small businesses and innovation

Google and the Ancillary Copyright

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Two-Front Battle

Google has come under enormous pressure over antitrust claims and violations of the German ancillary copyright for press publishers. The EU Commission finally sides with the publishers but it seems likely that Google will keep the upper hand.

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Lawyer

Till Kreutzer
19.10.2013

Patent Piracy

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Jeopardizing Diversity

An increasing number of patents on genetically modified seeds is jeopardizing biodiversity. Companies like Monsanto have enough money to build a monopoly in the agricultural field. The lack of alternatives increases the chance of famine and makes small-scale farmers dependent on agricultural conglomerates.

 
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