Evolution of Technology (TEC 154 2014S) : Readings

Readings on Patents and IP

Taborrock, Alex (2011). Launching The Innovation Renaissance: A New Path to Bring Smart Ideas to Market Fast. TED Books.

Is utilizing patents an advance in technology itself? (I had difficulty phrasing this question, but I guess what I am indirectly asking is if law could be considered a technology). [Perhaps simply "We've seen a variety of definitions of technology. Is patent law itself a technology, whose purpose is to increase innovation?"]

Patents increase the benefits of innovation within a new technology. However, is technology created--and should be subject to patents--or is it found? [It's pretty clear that most people think of technology as things that are created, but we'll talk about this issue next week.]

It seems that the value of innovation during the Renaissance was focused on creating for personal fame rather than creating for profit. Have our values shifted from "prizes, education, global recognition" to a more consumer driven focus?

Do patents imply a decline in creativity? The author makes the point of how patents can decrease innovation, but in the case of the roses where the roses are all the same flower but with different colors, it seems as though this is an example of patents increasing innovation.

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