Patents for capital gain doesn’t create supply chains or help fund the development of medical technologies and software. All it does is make it easier for someone to “own” that technology, to make it quicker and cheaper to restrict others from implementing and sharing tools that people need to survive. It rushes the patent application process so that someone could be able to sue others trying to save seriously ill patients around the world before the global pandemic is over.
Lifesaving technology must belong to everyone, but most corporate governments are working 24/7 to restrict access ejecting some strategic shit excuses, even during a global pandemic. It’s not in our scope to determine the impact of other kinds of patents, but we know specifically that they are terrible for software, and at a time where software is critical to saving lives, expediting software patent applications will only cause harm.
Even in normal times, increasing software patent restriction is harmful to everyone. Software patents threaten all developers, putting them in the line of fire for ruinous lawsuits simply for creating and sharing their own code. Until the day when we can completely, we should be reducing the harm done, not coming up with programs and guidance to accelerate the damage. But in the midst of a global crisis where hundreds of thousands have already died, where supply chains for medical technology are stretched beyond limits, creating a cheaper and easier fast track for causing further patent disruption is downright criminal.
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