Patents – Destroying Life, Liberty, and Happiness


What is the difference between a patent and a copyright?

A copyright is reasonable. It means that whatever I create, physically, be it a writing, a tune, or a piece of original art, I can have protection against fraud in a lawful way.

A patent on the other hand is completely different. If I receive a patent on an idea, I am able to control every variation on that idea so that others must have my permission to do anything involving a part of my idea. In other words, I can receive a patent on something that I never actually create, or even on something that has been around since the dawn of time. Life, rocks, genes, plants, animals, humans, water, land, and other things.

To put this into perspective, lets imagine that I wrote a ghost story. Ghosts are of course a very popular theme in stories and media. I can copyright my own writing so that others may not profit off of my works.

But if I were allowed to patent the concept of a ghost, then no one would be able to create a story about a ghost without my permission, and thousands of literary works would have never existed.

When we consider the recent patents put on such things as breast cancer, and understand that now researchers who are interested in curing breast cancer must get permission from the owner of that cancer; and stand to profit greatly from that cancer not ever being cured… we can see that a patent – especially on living organisms – is patently ludicrous.

Why do we not have alternative fuels?

The oil and energy companies buy up all the patents, of course. Then they shelf them so no one else can use the idea, ensuring continued production of oil and AC/DC power.

You see, the concept of a patent on an “idea” and all variations thereof is killing not only our economy by limiting competition, but is literally killing us through purposeful sabotage of all the good things in life.

A copyright promotes competition. I can write a better ghost story. I can build upon the concept of ghosts and make them even more ghostly. And I can share the idea of a ghost so that someone else may develop a better ghost.

But a patent destroys competition. It accounts for ideas that have nothing to do with the original ghost, and makes the concept of a ghost the property of one person. Therefore, selling the ghost is now concentrated into the hands of one person.

A patent is in its essence government permission for a limited monopoly, taking away the rights of others (all others) to benefit from some thing or idea. Cures, alternative energies, and countless other things and ideas all kept away from the people of the earth by government permission.

Isn’t it time to do away with the concept of a patent?

Isn’t it time to realize that patents are keeping life-saving and environmentally positive original creations that could be copyrighted with expanded copyright laws from the billions that could benefit from them?

Isn’t it time to put greed aside?

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–Clint Richardson (realitybloger.wordpress.com)
August 27, 2011

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8 Comments

  1. “… or even on something that has been around since the dawn of time. ”

    I doubt that, it is pre-existing technology, as is breast cancer. The patent office may be stupid enough to patent such, but a good attorney would get it thrown out of court.

    I own 4 patents and agree that patent law is stupid, but not that stupid.

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    • The patent office is a private corporation owned by government. Patenting these things is profitable for the corporations that government owns through collective stock investment. Your patents are worthless, really, unless the government through one of its investment held banks or corporations invests in you to use your patents.

      Don’t doubt until you do some research.

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  2. Keith Kaye

     /  August 29, 2011

    This reminds me of a discussion I had concerning mandatory driver license statutes and sovereign rights.
    A driver license is state-invented and is an infringement, I think most would agree. But,
    How can one argue against that infringement and not consider drunk drivers?
    The state has no lawful authority to force driver license restrictions but I feel that no one can justify getting behind the wheel while intoxicated.
    If a person invents a product that is marketable he should be able to secure his product and to reap benefits. But,
    If a person invents the 600 mile-per-gallon carburetor or the cure for cancer and a corporation buys the rights or usurps that person’s right to market their product, then we all lose.

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    • Thus, an expanded copyright law which ensures copy protection can easily be written in to current law. In other words, if a company wants to produce your idea, they will have to contract with you, pay you, etc.

      But the addendum to solve these problems is simple: if you copyright an idea, you have a very short period of time to utilize that idea before it becomes public domain. Thus, no company can sit on an idea, and you can keep your copyright if you actually use the idea.

      Just thinking out loud on this one…

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  3. The problem is the corporations rule the world. If you invent something that will cost a coporation billions, then you will hear from them. They’ve already invented cars that got 100 miles to the gallon. They’ve already invented ways to create free electricity. A perpetual motion machine has been created. All the patents have run out on all these inventions. Now some are being used. But the 100 mile gas mileage cars are not around, because the oil companies will use any means possible to keep people from getting them toi market.
    One major thing the cancer industry has stopped people from learning is cancer has been cured. Taking supplements is beneficial. They don’t want the poor people from benefitting from these. They are putting all the pressure they can on people to keep these this stuff stiffled.
    If they were allowed to grow hemp we would not need nuclear power. It would hurt the lumber industry and probably put cotton farmers out of business. It would hurt the oil industry. The corporations are fighting to keep American farmers from growing hemp. We know this now, but the only problem is the country is riun by career politicians and not the citizens themselves. If the citizens gain control of their country there will be no more wars and this nonsense of keeping information to the people will stop. We have 535 politicians telling 300 million what to do and it’s time we voted on issues that will affect this country. Something that only affects a state the citizens from that state vote. We vote the majority rules and move on to the next issue.

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  4. May I just say what a relief to discover someone who genuinely understands what they’re discussing over the internet. You definitely understand how to bring an issue to light and make it important. More people should read this and understand this side of the story. I was surprised that you are not more popular since you definitely possess the gift.

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  6. I once heard of a hole-less stocking patent getting bought and shelved because they were too durable… i wonder what the number is, im sure its expired by now… maybe the plastic has other uses (3d printers perhaps).

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