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RE: [dvd-discuss] Celebs against shorter patent duration

I also don't have a problem with patenting a specific implementation of idea that results in a physical object. The founders envisioned patents as more important - that's why originally the timeframe on patents were longer than copyrights.  A patent was the working, physical expression of an idea.   I do have a problem with the current patent process that allows the patenting of ideas without implementation and the patenting of algorithms (software).  Thus you get such things as 'submarine' patents that are an impediment to progress; just the opposite  result of what was intended by the founders.  The patent office used to reject perpetual motion machines as people were unable to provide a working example.  You would probably be able to get one accepted, now.

-----Original Message-----
From: mickeym [mailto:mickeym@mindspring.com]
Sent: Wednesday, October 02, 2002 12:34 PM
To: dvd-discuss@eon.law.harvard.edu
Subject: [dvd-discuss] Celebs against shorter patent duration


I wasn't aware that there was a bill to shorten the patent duration for 
drugs, but it doesn't surprise me who else (besides the drug co's) would 
be against it. I still can't reconcile the huge difference between 
patent vs copyright duration. I suppose I'm actually okay with the 17 
year patent, in contrast to the 95+ year copyright.