11.25.11

If Patents Are Property

Posted in Patents at 10:47 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Food for thought

If patents are property, what ever happened to property tax?

If patents are property, how come no resources are needed to physically put them together?

If patents are property, how come this ‘property’ can be copied so easily?

If patents are property and have always been around, how come they can be suddenly privatised?

If patents are property, how come they don’t last forever?

If patents are property, why isn’t ownership being passed (reassigned) from father to son (or mother to daughter)?

If patents are property, what will we have to show our kids except pieces of paper?

If patents are really property, why do they persist in existence even when we smash them?

If patents are property, what are the constituent ingredients?

If patents are property, why do they take so little space?

If patents are property, how come we need to hire a lawyer to remind ourselves of their existence?

If patents are property, do we really need to rely on a courtroom to simply take them back?

If patents are property, why can’t we give them to a loved one as a gift?

If patents are property, why won’t the pawn shop accept them?

If patents are property, why can’t their abundance save an economy?

If patents are property, then what the heck is property anyway?

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3 Comments

  1. Michael said,

    November 25, 2011 at 3:01 pm

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    FUD:

    If patents are property, what ever happened to property tax?

    They are not real estate, which is what property tax applies to!

    FUD:

    If patents are property, how come no resources are needed to physically put them together?

    What? Resources *are* needed to put different IP protected concepts into one product. How could you not realize this?

    FUD:

    If patents are property, how come this ‘property’ can be copied so easily?

    Welcome to modern technology where you can copy software, music, books, etc. Why is that a baffling concept to you?

    FUD:

    If patents are property and have always been around, how come they can be suddenly privatised?

    Here you confuse the idea of IP with specific instances of IP.

    FUD:

    If patents are property, how come they don’t last forever?

    Do you want to extend IP rights into perpetuity? That seems absurd and completely counter to your goals!

    FUD:

    If patents are property, why isn’t ownership being passed (reassigned) from father to son (or mother to daughter)?

    IP ownership is transferred on death.

    FUD:

    If patents are property, what will we have to show our kids except pieces of paper?

    The products that came from the IP!

    FUD:

    If patents are really property, why do they persist in existence even when we smash them?

    How do you “smash” IP? That does not even make sense.

    On and on and on… your ignorance on this issue knows no bounds.

  2. High Plains Thumper said,

    November 25, 2011 at 3:38 pm

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    Software patents without being an active part of hardware are just plain wrong. Something that someone can easily duplicate with an IT background is not innovation, yet our governments have permitted such atrocities to occur. The immorality of corporations have permitted prior art to be patented as their own, leaving it to lawyers to sort it out in an intellectual minefield.

    No wonder why there are very few companies developing software, relatively speaking in comparison to 30 years ago.

    Michael Reply:

    FUD:

    Software patents without being an active part of hardware are just plain wrong.

    Why?

    FUD:

    Something that someone can easily duplicate with an IT background is not innovation, yet our governments have permitted such atrocities to occur.

    Only people with the right type of education can “innovate”. Absurd.

    FUD:

    No wonder why there are very few companies developing software, relatively speaking in comparison to 30 years ago.

    There are far more groups making software now than there was in the early 1980s. Far, far more.

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