Cnet: Open source: The new patent regime
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 20 Nov 2008 17:18
Number of posts: 1
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Summary:
This got me thinking. Patents are short-term monopolies (20 years) designed to give inventors sufficient time in which to recoup their R&D costs and turn a profit. Open source turns the 20-year patent term into two years, if that. As a relentless, ever-growing competitor, open source keeps the proprietary world in check and on its toes to a degree that the industry has never before seen.
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