Originally Posted by Cognisant
If research cannot be patented who will fund it?
I think the proceeds of the patent should be split by the relative wages of the researchers involved, basically the research institute that gets the most money out of it should be the one that spent the most money on employing researchers.
In a situation where benefactors throw money at inventors and wind up with ownership of the usage rights, the individual inventor doesn't really seem to benefit anyway.
If the applications of an invention are viewed as separate from its discovery, application isn't stifled, so niches are filled more quickly, and more total niches become occupied because small applications aren't limited. This means more value generated overall and faster, which would naturally benefit innovative individuals, who tend to be prone to seeing applications and would most efficiently use profit for successful reinvestment. (really kind of spitballing here, tbh)
Not to mention the ton of money wasted on lawsuits.