strategy

Providing patent coverage

Synonyms:
Patenting inventions
Providing patent licensing system
Restricting through patent rights
Context:
A patent is a legally protected property interest. It is essentially an agreement between an inventor of a useful invention and the government. In exchange for full disclosure of the invention, the government grants the inventor the right to exclude others from making, using, selling, offering to sell and importing the patented invention -- but only if certain "patentability" requirements are met. Specifically, the invention not only has to be useful, but it must also be new and non-obvious over the state of the art.

Patents exist are "legal monopolies" which provide an incentive for inventors to disclose their inventions to the public. Without patents, inventors might be unwilling to invest time and resources in developing their inventions, or even if they do develop their inventions, they might otherwise have no incentive to make the inventions public.

Claim:
We should not be patenting discoveries, only inventions and applications. Its like paying Newton every time we fall down for discovering the Law of Gravitation.
Constrained by:
Ignoring patents
Problems:

Values:
Rights
Type Classification:
E: Emanations of other strategies
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions