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Intellectual Property is Said to Be

Intellectual Property is said to be a form of creative endeavour protected through a patent, copyright, industrial design, trademark, servicemark or integrated circuit topography. Such creative endeavors are said to be any new and useful process, machine, composition of matter, life form, article of manufacture, software algorithm, writing or tangible property. It is said to include such things as new or improved devices, circuits, chemical compounds, drugs, genetically engineered organisms, data sets, software algorithms, writings, musical processes, and unique and innovative uses of existing inventions.

Intellectual Property is said to be created when something new and useful has been conceived or developed, or when unusual, unexpected or non-obvious results, obtained with an existing invention, can be practiced for some useful purpose. It is said to be created by one or more individuals, each of whom, to be an inventor of the piece of Intellectual Property, must have conceived of an essential element or have contributed substantially to its conceptual development.

Intellectual Property Is

Intellectual Property is a crime against knowledge and thus a crime against humanity. It's notion is an attempt to occlude knowledge for the benefit of a few.

Suppose you were the one person able to discover a cure for cancer. Now suppose the one remaining clue required for you to realize this cure was claimed as the Intellectual Property of my company. What if we either didn't offer this information for sale, or offered it at a cost prohibitive rate. You would then die, quite likely of cancer, never having profered the benefit of your unrealized insight upon humanity. Now, imagine that someone very close to you is dying of cancer as you read. Get the picture?

The practice of Intellectual Property is analagous to restricting the biodiversity of the rain forrest such that no two disimilar biological materials could any longer freely interact. If this were done, the rain forrest would become a comparatively impoverished system in short order.

Through the rediculously selfish notion of Intellectual Property, we are similarly impoverishing the collective knowledge base of humanity. With every copyright, patent and Non Disclosure Agreement, we diminish the diversity of knowledge with which it is legally permissible to think.

Beneficiaries of Intellectual Property

If we ask ourselves who or what is the primary beneficiary of Intellectual Property, it comes as no surprise that organizations, both public and private, derive the greatest benefit from Intellectual Property laws? By religiously aquiring and protecting Intellectual Property, they gain ownership of a vast amount of that which barely even exists. In so doing, they can control ideas for financial gain. Modern corporations are largely Thought Merchants (TM) and the governments they fund are largely their Idea Police (TM).

Combating Intellectual Property

It is ironic that the best means of resistance is often embrace; this is the situation with Intellectual Property as well. If one extrapolates the tenets of Intellectual property to their logical conclusion, it is evident that an untenable situation will be the result.

If, as Intellectual Property proponents would have it, every Thing can be property, then eventually there would be no Thing, tangible or intangible, real or imagined, left free of lien and all Things possible would be enlisted to compensate all other Things possible for use of their property.

It is not hard to imagine a near future based on a wireless, Client/Seller (TM) architecture, where nanocents (TM) are transparently exchanged for the consumption of all property, intellectual and tangible. When one entered a lighted, heated building, for instance, a small, transdermal chip could easily convey the individual's private key identity via something like Bluetooth to the building's computers which would immediately begin charging them for the benefit of light and heat received from the building's owners, including appropriate portions necessary to cover licensing fees required to deliver the technology being consumed. An entire Nanotransaction (TM) Financual Food Chain (TM) could thus be operating at all times between all enabled devices, both inorganic and organic.

Far fetched as it may seem, such a scenario is quite likely in the near future. All the technology for it exists today, and steps are being made, probabably largely unconsciously, for it's realization.

In order to ensure that individuals are not enslaved at the bottom of the Financual Food Chain (TM) of the modern world's growing Client/Seller (TM) architecture, it will be necessary to corporatize the individual. By corporatizing the self, one can begin to enjoy the greater rights and diminished responsibility of a corporation. Self Corporatization (TM) puts corporate law behind the individual, entitling them to equal treatment with other corporations under the law. The individual corporation can then publish price lists for goods and services, charge for them and expect to be compensated for them when consumed by other corporations. This would be realized in the above scenario, for example, by the subdermal Client/Seller (TM) chip of the individual entering the building simultaneously begining to charge for the heat given off by the individual's body since their body heat reduces the amount of energy required to keep the building at a constant temperature of benefit to all, thereby reducing the heating expense of the building's owner.

Intellectual Property Stasis

When individuals, through Self Corporitization (TM) and Self Ownership (TM), begin to gain an equal footing with corporations, by charging for their goods and services consumed by other corporations just as they themselves are charged, they will begin to be liberated from the Intellectual Property Penury (TM) previously imposed upon them by foreign corporations. When a critical mass of We the People (TM) become as large a source of product, information, and service providers as we are now exclusively consumers, the Intellectual Property system will lose it's teeth.

As the expression goes, what's good for the goose is good for the gander, and Intellectual Property has been very good for the goose. Perhaps it's time We the People (TM) took a gander.

Some Intellectual Property Resources

EFF's Intellectual Property & Fair Use Archive

The Top 10 Things to Know About Protecting Your Intellectual Property

Some Myths About Intellectual Property

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Trademark & Servicemark Information

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Patent Databases

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Intellectual Property Digital Library

Delphion Intellectual Property Network (formerly IBM Patent Search Server)

U.S. Copyright Office

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Legal Office

Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)

European Patent Office (EPO)

The Trilateral -- European Patent Office (EPO), Japanese Patent Office (JPO), U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

Licensing Executives Society International (LESI)
Title 35 United States Code (Patents)
Against Intellectual Property

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