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How Patents Hinder Innovation (Graphic)

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As a layman I can’t say I am an expert on patents. Seeing how the major tech companies seem to spend so much time in courts suing each other they much be very essential to the companies bottom line. Reading between the line I get the feeling that they are basically using the power of their patents and the legal system to frustrate their rivals, inventors and innovators. This is just to keep competition at bay and no other reason.

I know companies spend billions on research but if they do not use those patents in a specified time I do not see the point of them preventing others from using the ideas in building new technologies or improving existing ones. Patenting something like “Swipe to Open” on mobile phones or tablets and preventing others from using it just doesn’t make sense to me. I don’t believe giving patents for using finger gestures for example is right but that is my opinion. As humans we’ve always used our fingers for just that. When I was a kid back in Africa the first media I used was the ground and my finger was my pen. We point things out and draw with our finger and its only natural that we are able to do so on touchscreen without somebody having a patent for that! Touch is the most natural way we do things.

Patents also drive the cost of products up eventually affecting the customer. I have no problems with a company that has spent millions or billions on research and have brought a product to market. Yes they need to recoup their cost, but some of the patents are so ridiculous with basically nothing spent on them. Is it just a system of legalised monopoly? With my little knowledge I think it is and that in most cases it suppresses innovation.

 

Do Patents Encorage or Hinder Innovation?

As a layman I can’t say I am an expert on patents. Seeing how the major tech companies seem to spend so much time in courts suing each other they much be very essential to the companies bottom line. Reading between the line I get the feeling that they are basically using the power of their patents and the legal system to frustrate their rivals, inventors and innovators. This is just to keep competition at bay and no other reason.

I know companies spend billions on research but if they do not use those patents in a specified time I do not see the point of them preventing others from using the ideas in building new technologies or improving existing ones. Patenting something like “Swipe to Open” on mobile phones or tablets and preventing others from using it just doesn’t make sense to me. I don’t believe giving patents for using finger gestures for example is right but that is my opinion. As humans we’ve always used our fingers for just that. When I was a kid back in Africa the first media I used was the ground and my finger was my pen. We point things out and draw with our finger and its only natural that we are able to do so on touchscreen without somebody having a patent for that! Touch is the most natural way we do things.

Patents also drive the cost of products up eventually affecting the customer. I have no problems with a company that has spent millions or billions on research and have brought a product to market. Yes they need to recoup their cost, but some of the patents are so ridiculous with basically nothing spent on them. Is it just a system of legalised monopoly? With my little knowledge I think it is and that in most cases it suppresses innovation.

 

71355 Future Trends and Emerging Technologies

The day is finally here when the course begins. This is my last paper towards my diploma and I’m really hoping it will be more interesting than my last one! I would love to say this diploma will help me get a better job doing something I love but as you age it becomes more of an interest as it sort of dawns on you that nobody seems to hire guys in your age group! I’ve always been interested in technologies having got into IT in 1985 programming in Cobol on an IBM mainframe using cards! Later moved to an ICL mainframe WITHOUT cards but massive 10MB disks. Worded on Minis, Windows computers and Apple computers. Ah those were exciting days. Tend to use Macs at home though got a Ubuntu and Windows Vista and 7 computers. Work involves Windows and XP!

Although I use Macs at home I do not consider myself a fan boy. Every morning I go through the following sites to see whats new:

http://www.appleinsider.com

http://www.macrumors.com

http://www.wired.com

http://www.gizmodo.com

Being a diabetic I also follow advances in medical technologies. Still waiting for that Star Trek injection. And to be able to check my sugar without pricking myself would be heavenly bliss!

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Hello world!

My name is Mavi Zimba. I live in Waitakere in Auckland, New Zealand. I am a dad to 3 teenage boys aged 19, 16 and 14. I worked in the IT industry in Zambia and South Africa from 1985 until 2004 when I came to New Zealand. Started on a mainframe that used cards and so have seen the technology grow. I use Wintel at work and Apple computers and gadgets at home.