viernes, 14 de marzo de 2008

It creates a class of speculative schemers.

Jamás pensé encontrar un texto tan interesante en un libro técnico, ni tanto sentido común en una corte suprema:

“It was never the object of patent laws to grant a monopoly for every trifling device, every shadow of a shade of an idea, which would naturally and spontaneously occur to any skilled mechanic or operator in the ordinary progress of manufactures,” the Supreme Court ruled in an 1882 case (Atlantic Works vs. Brady). “Such an indiscriminate creation of exclusive privileges tends rather to obstruct than to stimulate invention. It creates a class of speculative schemers who make it their business to watch the advancing wave of improvements, and gather its foam in the form of patented monopolies, which enable them to lay a heavy tax on the industry of the country, without contributing anything to the real advancement of the arts.”

¿Será cuestión de remontar el tiempo a contracorriente? No lo creo, pues no cabe duda de que este discurso viene del futuro-mejor.

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