Really enjoyed this article from Colleen Chien in the Washington Post:
''why it's time to open up our patent system'' http://wapo.st/1JovZjA
Some thoughts on my favorite quotes:
You can’t tell by looking at a patent whether it’s available for licensing; the European Union estimates that $20 billion is spent each year reinventing technology that has already been created.
I guess the real question here: is this purely a result of inaccessible information, or just that people don't bother reading the literature?
The availability and uptake of an “open” or defensive patent option, for example, would, over time, decrease the incentives for wasteful patenting — replacing mutual deterrence with mutual disarmament.
Linux defenders is an interesting example of citizens taking this into their own hands.
For example, when a Volvo engineer invented the three-point seatbelt in 1959, the company dedicated the invention, and the patent, to the public for the safety of all.
This makes me proud of my Swedish heritage