That anti-patent pamphlet I mentioned

Marcus Brinkmann Marcus.Brinkmann at
Mon Dec 16 17:59:18 UTC 2002

On Mon, Dec 16, 2002 at 06:27:22PM +0100, Arnoud Galactus Engelfriet wrote:
> I can give you another definition of "invention": a practical
> realization of technology, wherein technology means an application of
> a natural science.

The economical consequences on granting patents for that type of inventions
would be desasterous.  Also the impact on the personal freedom, and the
freedom of science.  I wouldn't want to live in such a society.

> > The forces-of-nature concept was introduced into patent law to restrict
> > patents to technical inventions, rather than new abstract and logical ideas.
> No, it restricts patents to a small subset of technical
> inventions. *That's* the problem.

No, it restricts patents to technical inventions, and keeps them out of the
world of abstract thought and logic.  I think we have been there before.

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