It has been previously established that the pharmaceutical industry is the only industry gaining from the patent system at all. For all other industries, the entire patent system is a balance of terror that is a net loss on the bottom line. Our Member of the European Parliament, Christian Engström, explains in numbers why the patent industry is gaining from the system: the monopoly deadweight from the patent system is filled by taxpayer money that goes right into industry coffers.
In a blog post today, MEP Engström translates the background of the Swedish Pirate Party’s stance on the patent monopoly system: gradually abolish the entire patent system, as everybody is better off without it entirely than with it in place. It’s not really a matter of “needing to replace” the patent system. When somebody is banging you repeatedly over the head with a hammer, you will ask them to stop, period — it is not a matter of replacing the hammer with a wrench. Innovation has been harmed enough by these monopolies.
It is particuarly notable that the pharma industry is exposed — using its own numbers — as better off without patents. (Pharma is the only industry where another incentive system can justifiably be needed.) Once these numbers take hold, it means that the primary industry of the entire patent system falls. And once pharma patents fall, the credibility of all other patents fall like domino pieces.
Patents are not innovation. Patents are bans on innovation, monopolizing ideas and preventing innovation and progress.