Editorial Calling for Ending Patents

It is not surprising that the editorial in question (via the P2P Foundation) comes from the authors of “Against Intellectual Monopoly“, Boldrin and Levine.

The proposal may be radical, but the rhetoric is not. What the authors are suggesting is that if you consider patents purely from a utilitarian perspective, they do not achieve the end of spurring innovation. This is consistent with the problems that Heller lays out in his recent book, “The Gridlock Economy“. Both Boldrin and Heller have done interviews on the Econtalk podcast and I recommend listening to both episodes.

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