Patents

Saturday, May 15, 2004

As seen on Slashdot, many patents are controversial. You cannot really blame the corporations for trying to secure their intellectual properties, as it has become a arms race to protect your business. So what can we do to improve, in face of limited resources at the US patent office?

By getting the community (and competitors) officially involved in locating prior art, one of the main bottlenecks would be reduced. After the initial public scrutiny, the patent office could proceed as usual.

Democracy and "open source" (loosely defined) at their best!