Hacker Newsnew | comments | show | ask | jobs | submit login

That is already implemented in several countries, it´s called "Compulsory Patent Licensing".

Here's a paper from 1988 (!!!) which basically endorses it for the U.S.


The Wikipedia article:


they're basically used for medicines now, but it should be implemented for everything.

Also, a little research showed it to be ineffective in Australia because you need to ask for permission from the government first.

Finally, it doesn't stop "bad patents" and might even promote them.

Applications are open for YC Winter 2016

Guidelines | FAQ | Support | API | Security | Lists | Bookmarklet | DMCA | Apply to YC | Contact