BAN PATENTS THAT CAN HAVE POSITIVE BENEFITS FOR SOCIETY

Ban pentents that companies have taken out on inventions that have positive effects on society but have been unreasonably hidden

 

e.g. oil companies who buy patents for energy efficient ideas or products

Why is this idea important?

Ban pentents that companies have taken out on inventions that have positive effects on society but have been unreasonably hidden

 

e.g. oil companies who buy patents for energy efficient ideas or products

Ban patents on medical equipment, treatments and drugs.

The financial cost of the NHS is growing at such a rate that, increasingly, the government will struggle to fund it. Looking for new ways to raise capitol will not solve the underlying issues . We must uphold our traditional values about the NHS and the rights of all citizens to free healthcare; I propose we achieve this by banning patent rights on pharmaceuticals.

By removing medical patents pharmaceutical companies would provide "for strong price competition between pharmaceutical suppliers and result in considerable savings to the NHS", they would be unable to make profit from manipulating the status of their products, or to deny their products to the poor. 

A great deal of medical research comes from tax-payer funded universities and charities; pharmaceutical companies then fund the trials, gain the patent and then hold a monopoly on the treatment that people rely on to survive.

If financial rewards are to be given they should go to the doctors, nurses and other professionals who research, diagnose and administer treatment, not to usurious shareholders.

Available treatments, often costing pennies to manufacture, are sold at such prices that PCT's are unable to afford them, often leading to regional variabilities and postcode lotteries.

Why is this idea important?

The financial cost of the NHS is growing at such a rate that, increasingly, the government will struggle to fund it. Looking for new ways to raise capitol will not solve the underlying issues . We must uphold our traditional values about the NHS and the rights of all citizens to free healthcare; I propose we achieve this by banning patent rights on pharmaceuticals.

By removing medical patents pharmaceutical companies would provide "for strong price competition between pharmaceutical suppliers and result in considerable savings to the NHS", they would be unable to make profit from manipulating the status of their products, or to deny their products to the poor. 

A great deal of medical research comes from tax-payer funded universities and charities; pharmaceutical companies then fund the trials, gain the patent and then hold a monopoly on the treatment that people rely on to survive.

If financial rewards are to be given they should go to the doctors, nurses and other professionals who research, diagnose and administer treatment, not to usurious shareholders.

Available treatments, often costing pennies to manufacture, are sold at such prices that PCT's are unable to afford them, often leading to regional variabilities and postcode lotteries.

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).