[pp.int.general] Patent system similar to GPL?
rms at gnu.org
Tue Mar 1 19:20:42 CET 2011
The main goal of a patent is to ensure the privileged exploitation of
particular production method or a particular procedure for doing
That is the _method_ of the patent system. Its _goal_ is to promote
progress by encouraging the disclosure of an idea.
USA different because they allow to patent an idea or concept
(for example : a click). In Europe the system is -fortunately- quite
different ; to get a patent, you have to demonstrate how it works in a
verify detailed manner (plans, description, aso.) so the patent office may
verify that it's an original idea.
I think you are mistaken: a US patent is also required to show
detailed plans. These plans were supposed to enable others to build
such a device (if only they were allowed to). However, nowadays, the
detailed plans generally describe a device that would not work very
well. Thus, lots of information necessary for really using the idea
Dr Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation
51 Franklin St
Boston MA 02110
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