[LINK] Patently obvious? Don't bet on it
tal at pacific.net.au
Tue Nov 9 17:50:08 EST 2004
On Tue, 2004-11-09 at 17:02, Glen Turner wrote:
> Unfortunately, Australia is enabling a Free Trade Agreement which makes
> patent reform near impossible. No idea what the negotiators were thinking
> when they tied our patent system so closely to the so obviously broken
> US system. They can't have known it wasn't broken, not when top US economists
> like Hal Varian are writing articles for the mass circulation New York Times
> saying so :
this is one of those topics that i and others have been banging on about
for years, but nobody listens. when the wheels fall off, people will
say "why weren't we told?" ignoring the fact that they were, and act
according to the advice of the same people who should have, and didn't
tell them before, since they're so obviously experts.
in fact, in many ways this is the main point of the FTA; America's main
export these days is Intellectual Property, rather than goods or
services. an example would be software, easily transported and
manufactured where and as needed, but with big price tags.
another is music, hence the DMCA and hysteria about piracy. this is
where the wheels are likely to fall off first.
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