Thursday, March 23, 2006

Nanoelectronics roadmap aims to speed commercialization

"The effort is designed to move nanoelectronics innovations from laboratory to the marketplace for applications ranging from communications, information technology, consumer products and optoelectronics."

I agree that patents are pretty crazy now. What really needs to happen is a patent can ONLY be upheld if the patent owner can show they have made significant progress on the patent contents. When going to court a judge should look at the case, and if the patent holder is just a patent troll the case should be thrown out of court. Only those companies which actually make progress or at least attempt progress should be allowed to continue with the patent.

I could even see a market for selling patents if a patent holder cannot make any forward moving progress on the thing they thought up. For instance, I come up with a great idea and patent it. However another company can actually make something out of my invention. That company should be allowed to purchase the patent instead of licensing the rights, otherwise I would lose my patent because I cannot make progress on it. Snooze you lose type of thing.

Sure, I don't have all the answers here, but something has to be done.

read more | digg story

No comments: