nts 2.0 - A new type of patent is needed
There are big problems with patents, especially software patents. It takes too long to get patent protection, particularly for fast-moving high-tech industries.
Lee A. Hollaar writes about IEEE-USA's proposal for a new type of intellectual property protection that is more limited (four years), but less costly. The protection would begin the first time the invention is introduced in commerce which should give the inventor time to establish a market and to apply for a conventional patent.
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