Saturday, June 18, 2011

Great idea - great execution - but don't patent - think public domain.

Here is a great heart warming story.  A group of Girl Scouts invent a prosthetic hand.  The device cost about $10 to make.  And somewhere in the process they are encouraged to patent the invention.  Why not donate the invention to the public domain?

Should the Girl Scout leaders have encouraged the group to look beyond the typical process of patent.  Think about the values of the Girl Scouts.

The Girl Scout Law

I will do my best to be:
honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say and do,
and to
respect myself and others,
respect authority,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.

Imagine if "The Man Who Saved the Children", Virologist, JONAS SALK had patented his invention.  The polio vaccine.
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