The CATO Institute attacks patents in an article entitled What Is a Software Patent?, by Christina Mulligan. The article argues that the word “process” in the patent statute should be limited to those processes that have an effect on matter. The article suggests that this would eliminate the “wrong” kind of patents. Software is not patentable, per se, software is a set of written instructions and are just bad prose. When people use the term “software inventions” they are talking about executing the software in hardware (electronic circuits). What the software does is define the connections or wire the general purpose electronic circuit that we call a computer. This special purpose electronic circuit consumes energy, generates heat, causes electrons to move
I have had the fortune or misfortune to be dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Odile. I have a client that has an invention that would have been able to restore power in just two days. His invention is described in patent number 7589640. It senses the force load on a power pole and if it exceeds a certain level, the invention lowers the cross bars and power lines gently to the ground and turns off the sector switch (power). Once the electrical lines and cross bars are on the ground, the wind loads are almost eliminated, which means the power pole is standing at the end of the storm. Utility workers then remove the debris and use a winch type mechanism to raise the power lines and cross bars.
The paper, Patent Trolls: Evidence from Targeted Firms, by Umit G. Gurun and Scott Duke Kominer assumes that NPEs are enforcing patents of questionable validity. However, the paper offers no proof of this and does not even try to justify this position. Once you start with that position, it is a foregone conclusion that any litigation is unjustified and wastes resources. However, the initial assumption is not proven and in fact many papers have shown the opposite. If you do not start with this assumption then the paper’s whole argument falls apart. Litigation losses by operating companies are a justified return to the inventor and their investors. The operating companies are not victims, but victimizers and the return to inventors and their investors encourages more inventive activity.
The paper, The True Story of How the Patent Bar Captured a Court and Shrank the Intellectual Commons, has a number of errors that show its conclusions are flawed. The author’s errors in a related article, entitled How Many Jobs Does Intellectual Property Create? were well documented by Adam Mossoff and Mark Schultz in Intellectual Property, Innovation and Economic Growth: Mercatus Gets it Wrong. This paper’s title purports to show the Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit has been captured
This is an excellent video that discusses four theories on the foundations of quantum mechanics and it is some of the best explanations I have seen and it is not a dry video. I have pointed out that there are a number of problems with the Copenhagen Interpretation of QM. The video presents four alternatives to the Copenhagen Interpretation. They are the De Broglie–Bohm theory, the many-worlds theory also known as the Everett interpretation
The website Rebirth of Reason, which is supposed to be an Objectivist website, posted an article entitled Patent Scam. Below is my open letter to the author of this article.
Dear Ms. Vera S. Doerr,
If someone displayed the ignorance in criticizing Objectivism that this article does about patent law, Objectivists would be furious. First of all it is clear that you do not know how to read a patent. You don’t know the difference between the claims and the background, you don’t know the difference between an independent claim and a dependent claim or a patent and a patent application. In fact it is clear that you did not read the patent application, which can be found here http://www.freepatentsonline.com/20140215201.pdf.
This article, Intellectual Property, Innovation and Economic Growth: Mercatus Gets it Wrong, by Mark Schultz & Adam Mossoff is a follow up to their other article Intellectual property and economic prosperity: Friends or foes? This article is
Intellectual property and economic prosperity: Friends or foes?, in TechPolicyDaily.com. The article reviews a report by the Mercatus Center, a free-market think tank that is highly critical of IP. Here is one of my favorite quotes from the article:
“It is bewildering, for example, to find a libertarian think tank arguing that government projects are superior to private property rights as a means of directing resources to innovative
- CATO on Software Patents
- Hurricane Odile and Inventions
- Patent Trolls: Evidence from Targeted Firms
- CATO and Mercatus Center: Another Flawed Study on Patents
- What are the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics?: Video
- Halling’s Talk at Atlas Summit 2014: Why John Galt is an Inventor
- Rebirth of Reason Website Attacks Patents
- Intellectual Property, Innovation and Economic Growth
- Excellent Article by Adam Mossoff: Do IP Rights Promote Economic growth
- Interesting Infographic – Computer Science Zone