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* Digitalization (and miniaturization) has revolutionized the creation of machines (and made software possible). Thanks to this, it's now much cheaper to add brains and control of a very sophisticated nature to where it was not possible before. This has created a host of areas where the abstract nature of software leads to the innovation for the particular machine. Specifically, we see this in the design of many circuit topologies (using algorithms to try and test all or many possible layouts or in specifying the actual logical states that are hard-coded). For reasons described above on this page, the current patent system is unfit to fairly handle these inventions as well. It makes little sense to allow someone to buy and use a more expensive glorified calculator ahead of others to compute values before everyone else and then bar others from directly leveraging equivalent results once they are able to also produce the automatic calculations. Such a patent rewards the already wealthy and the one already with the first mover advantage. Surely, 20 years would be too long to hold others back. Generally, advanced technology and other economic and social gains should have already resulted in patent duration terms having been reduced well beyond the dates used hundreds of years back.
 
* Digitalization (and miniaturization) has revolutionized the creation of machines (and made software possible). Thanks to this, it's now much cheaper to add brains and control of a very sophisticated nature to where it was not possible before. This has created a host of areas where the abstract nature of software leads to the innovation for the particular machine. Specifically, we see this in the design of many circuit topologies (using algorithms to try and test all or many possible layouts or in specifying the actual logical states that are hard-coded). For reasons described above on this page, the current patent system is unfit to fairly handle these inventions as well. It makes little sense to allow someone to buy and use a more expensive glorified calculator ahead of others to compute values before everyone else and then bar others from directly leveraging equivalent results once they are able to also produce the automatic calculations. Such a patent rewards the already wealthy and the one already with the first mover advantage. Surely, 20 years would be too long to hold others back. Generally, advanced technology and other economic and social gains should have already resulted in patent duration terms having been reduced well beyond the dates used hundreds of years back.
  
===Arguments against patents in general===
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:''(see also: [[Should the whole patent system be axed]]?)''
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* [[SMEs]] and individuals can't afford to do patent searches
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* SMEs and individuals can't afford to defend themselves
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* When a [[standard]] is patented, the only way to avoid the patent is to avoid the standard
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* There is no practical disclosure of the patent due to the sheer volume of patents and the legal risks that arise from non-patent lawyers interpreting patents. (so there is little benefit to society from granting the company a monopoly in return for disclosure)
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* Patents dampen the competitive drive that feeds capitalism.
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* It's too difficult for the patent office (or anyone else) to consistently and objectively assess the worthiness of a patent (how to prove non-obviousness ?). Many patents are overturned when they reach the courts (citation needed) which suggests current assessment methods are not good enough.
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