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.
Our current patent system cannot be fixed; it must be abolished if we want to safeguard innovation and human development.
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.
Patent trolls have broken the patent system. Six proposals for a reboot:
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 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.
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.