the purpose of patent law

Mike Masnick in reference to Amazon software patents:

This is clearly not what the patent system was designed to protect.

The patent system was not designed to “protect” anyone. It was designed to promote the publishing of innovative thought. “Protect” implies prevention of harm. But if the law protects people from malicious action, then the law should not expire.

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2 Responses to “the purpose of patent law”

  1. IP freely Says:

    (The patent system was not designed to “protect” anyone)

    Or anything. I’m sure you’re already aware of that but I suspect many are not. Maybe even Mike since he did say “what” instead of “who”.

  2. gnuosphere Says:

    Yes. I just assumed Mike meant “who” since property law already protects the “what”.

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