How can intellectual property patents survive in a society with indefinite growth potential?

For example Big Pharmacy's sued Indian pharmacies because they supply better/cheaper HIV meds to Africa. One of many possible examples. What if eating with "tools" was intellectual property of some big company and you decide to copy/paste this useful skill and spread the enlightenment across friends so they too can copy/paste it. The big multinational would obviously lose a lot of money and jobs,

Asked By: - 1/23/2012
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Here's one of the clown patents, claiming all methods to configure a computer to include the available options of a printer. No code, no reference to prior art, so this one is a land mine built to cost millions to the wrong printer manufacturer... More
Answered By: Michael - 1/23/2012
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You forget two things... More
Answered By: Henry Rearden - 1/23/2012
Why is a better example an absurd one? Merely adding a little computer jargon and some business buzz words doesn't change stealing... More
Answered By: Smells like New Screen Names - 1/23/2012
Figuratively speaking, patents are not "perennials"... They are "annuals"...
Answered By: virgod - 1/23/2012
Growth potential is never definite That's why there are winners and losers
Answered By: acid victim 25 - 1/23/2012
If your Big Pharma has not been issued a patent in each and every country where it sells its stuff, then it has absolutely no legal basis to prevent anyone from competing there. I can't patent something just in the USA and then use that to prevent a Korean company from making and selling it in Malaysia. I could only... More
Answered By: bcnu - 1/25/2012
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