Hey, Third World! We know what you need: Mmm, patent wars
UK IPO signs education deal, jumps on next flight
Britain's Intellectual Property Office will "promote the understanding of IP" in developing countries after signing a deal with the head of the UN's World Intellectual Property Organisation.
Brit patent specialists will be flown out around the world to give workshops and seminars, essentially educating nations on the benefits of obeying intellectual property law.
The six-event education programme was agreed yesterday when Britain's John Alty, the UK's IPO chief, signed a nine-point joint agreement with Francois Gurry, director general of the UN's WIPO.
Everyone will benefit from an increased understanding of IP said Gurry, who was speaking at the 2012 WIPO Assembly. People needed "an even playing field" to "innovate", he said, adding:
The position of IP as a battleground for intense competition reinforces the need for a rules-based international system. Rules should provide an even playing field and should save us from the temptation to lapse into forms of technological protectionism or mercantilism.
Gurry said that promoting the use of intellectual property in developing and least-developed nations would ensure "that all countries benefit from the global knowledge economy". ®
Just what the third world needs. A lifetime plus grillion year's worth of societal stagnation. That'll help everybody develop, right enough.
Who are these twats; are they tax-funded; and can we get out money back?
So this "patents" system of yours...
... does not in any represent any form of "protectionism" or "mercantilism" whatsoever? Honest?
I say they're unwashed wearers of flaming pants, past their BBE date, and patent troll puppets, intent on creating more artificial "market" in which the sole viable business model is obtaining monopolies by waving bits of papers containing as vaguely worded language as they can get away with, so as to sue ever more people.
If "the third world" has any sense they learn from us, and do away with the WIPO and with at least this patent system, possibly patents entirely. At the risk of US and UK gunboats suddenly paying visits, but hey, it's that or have your own courts set against your entire entrepeneur population.
Is it too radical to brand this kind of evangelising, the new (new new) imperialism?
Didnt Monsanto try to sue a load of third/second world farmers for daring to grow their patented gm crop without paying the licence for seeds? . If memory serves me correctly some of these farmers didnt want the gm crop, but it cross pollinated from adjacent farms.
There is no way shit like this will end well for the average person living in the developing world.
It will just mean big multinationals can gouge money, stiffle inovation and steal ideas from people and organisations least likely to be able to defend themselves in a first world court.
I think the last thing developing countries need at the moment are flocks of predatory lawyers circling the plains of innovation (do water butts have rounded corners?)