Intellectual Property in the 21st Century

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  1. My dad was a patent attorney who had a degree in chemistry & complained of Judges’ inability to understand processes- it has to be much worse now…..
    We have also reached a point of absurdity where yoga poses and finger swipes are patented anything is subject to litigation.

  2. John Schtoll says:

    I think another point about how the system is broken in that it stifles innovation, is the length of copyright and patent protections. Right now it is way too long , imho 20 years is more than enough for the inventor to make their money and this would also allow innovation to flourish.

  3. John Schtoll says:

    Also, If I read correctly somewhere else, patents used to be such that in order for a patent to be valid, you had to be able to produce the item in question. I think that in fact, your drawings had to be detailed enough that a person in the industry could produce your item with ordinary effort. So, iow, no more patent trolls. Those who come up with an idea but have no way of actually creating the item and they just wait around till someone does then sue them.

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