Free Software Magazine: Rabbits and Foxes
Nov 09, 2006, 04:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Pieter Hintjens)
"A couple of weeks ago, at a very large event in Brussels, I sat
and watched several government officials, from the US and EU,
debate innovation policy. This sounds very grand, but what they
actually said, to paraphrase, was 'we want to stimulate innovation
by spending money and protecting intellectual property.'
"At an FFII meeting last week, I realised what governments have
been thinking. Patents = innovation. This seems obvious but it took
me a while to grasp. Governments actually believe that more patents
means more innovation..."