Reform of Intellectual Property Rights laws

The wholesale reform of Patent and other Intellectual Property Rights laws to ones based upon the principle of a COMMON TREASUARY OF KNOWLEDGE & IDEAS rather than on the individual ownership of intellectual property.

Existing laws are currently hindering the development of ideas and the application of new technology such that many ideas are only developed to the extent that they make sufficient financial return for the IPR holder who then often chooses not to develop the idea further. In many cases the ideas behind patents are not developed at all, but registered to prevent the development of products that could compete with those of the IPR holder. Patents are often held by companies with no intention of making any investment in the idea, but with the hope of claiming royalties from someone else who subsequently develops the idea (often independently).

Why is this idea important?

The wholesale reform of Patent and other Intellectual Property Rights laws to ones based upon the principle of a COMMON TREASUARY OF KNOWLEDGE & IDEAS rather than on the individual ownership of intellectual property.

Existing laws are currently hindering the development of ideas and the application of new technology such that many ideas are only developed to the extent that they make sufficient financial return for the IPR holder who then often chooses not to develop the idea further. In many cases the ideas behind patents are not developed at all, but registered to prevent the development of products that could compete with those of the IPR holder. Patents are often held by companies with no intention of making any investment in the idea, but with the hope of claiming royalties from someone else who subsequently develops the idea (often independently).

Automatic Copyright for 3D Products, Inventions etc. like Books etc. Patents cost too much

Write a book, Write some music, paint a picture, photograph a scene etc. and the author AUTOMATICALLY gets 50+ years copyright cover WORLD WIDE. BUT invent a product, or make something in 3D and you currently DO NOT get the same automatic, powerful copyright cover. Instead you have to Pay (A LOT) for a patent, or design registration. 

Try and extend this patent cover to other countries and it costs even more, then after a long winded, expensive process, you may get a patent – but then to stop an infringement you have to have the patent in each country and expensive lawyers to make it stick.

Unlike copyright, where you pay nothing, To keep a patent 'alive' you have to pay an annual fee these fee's usually go up each year and have to be paid in each country .. some countries fees are very expensive.

Why is this idea important?

Write a book, Write some music, paint a picture, photograph a scene etc. and the author AUTOMATICALLY gets 50+ years copyright cover WORLD WIDE. BUT invent a product, or make something in 3D and you currently DO NOT get the same automatic, powerful copyright cover. Instead you have to Pay (A LOT) for a patent, or design registration. 

Try and extend this patent cover to other countries and it costs even more, then after a long winded, expensive process, you may get a patent – but then to stop an infringement you have to have the patent in each country and expensive lawyers to make it stick.

Unlike copyright, where you pay nothing, To keep a patent 'alive' you have to pay an annual fee these fee's usually go up each year and have to be paid in each country .. some countries fees are very expensive.

Abolish Software Patents

Software patent law must be simplified if not completely abolished. The concept that a routine or function is somehow "intellectual property" is ridiculous. How many times have you had an idea and found out someone else had the same idea? Patents were designed to prevent stealing of ideas but two independent people creating the same idea are not stealing from each other.

Why is this idea important?

Software patent law must be simplified if not completely abolished. The concept that a routine or function is somehow "intellectual property" is ridiculous. How many times have you had an idea and found out someone else had the same idea? Patents were designed to prevent stealing of ideas but two independent people creating the same idea are not stealing from each other.