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Change company patent policy

What this article documents is not a solution.
For information of the risks of putting too much work into these, see duds and non-solutions. See also: Abolition is the only solution.

Replacing patent bonuses

(As discussed by Eben Moglen after the 40th minute in a talk. (

Today, many companies reward their employees for filing patents. The patents don't even have to be good, they just have to be accepted by the patent office. This leads to masses of patents, mostly poor quality, making thickets and uncertainty. If company policy could be changed - as Moglen suggests is already happening in some companies - to give employees this same bonus whenever they modify a product to avoid a competitor's patent, this would reduce patent stockpiling and would reduce patent infringement.

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Other useful policies that companies could implement: