Monday, 9 March 2009

Abolish patents and copyright! Why not trade marks too?

Two American academics, Michele Boldrin and David K Levine, call in a new book for the abolition of the patent and copyright systems - acknowleding that is is likely to a bit too radical for most people's tastes, and offering an incremental programme of reform too. They contend that there is enough protection for inventors and creators without patent and copyright law, which merely hinder innovation and progress. Anathema to many IP lawyers - but an important view, and one that resonates with my feeling that intellectual property law is spinning out of control.

I hope they might turn their attention to trade marks soon ...

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