Patent submissions should involve more than the item...
Posted by: Anonymous
on March 02, 2008 02:19 PM
Patent submissions should involve not only the patentable item (software is a piece of mathematics, not a physical item, as Klemens points out) but also evidence that it took at least some time (say, a minimum of 2 years of development) and money (say, a minimum of 2 million dollars) to bring the item to fruition. Patents should then allow the inventor a limited amount of time to collect royalties (say, 5 years) to make back their research and development dollars and then it should go into the public domain. Patents should also require the inventor to conduct a meaningful study of the safety, environmental hazards, and the physiological impacts on humans that are posed by the item. The onus should be on the inventor to bring about all this evidence and research before any patent is issued by the public's government to help protect the inventor's significant investment. If no significant investment was made, then no patent should be given. Agreed?