“Relying on copyright, patents & artificial scarcity to prop up your business is like asking your mum to do your homework – innovate dammit!”

Earlier today Sarah Brown from Cambridge who describes herself in her website as “the bringer of tea” and whose twitter name is @auntysarah tweeted the above words.

I wasn’t having that so I challenged her with:

“@auntysarah Piracy, counterfeiting and patent infringement destroy the incentive to innovate.”

We had a ding-dong discussion for far too long until Sarah tweeted:

“@nipclaw This has been very interesting & we’ve probably annoyed mutual followers! I have to stop tho because my hangover is intensifying:-(“

Sarah made some very good points and I agreed with much of what she said.   The IP system does not work as well as it should. Especially for private inventors and SME. But whereas Sarah wanted a root and branch solution which would include the end of lawyers I want reform.

If you are new to twitter my twitter stream is at http://twitter.com/nipclaw and Sarah’s is at http://twitter.com/auntysarah.

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About Jane Lambert

I am a barrister specializing in intellectual property, technology, media and entertainment and competition law. I specialize in helping SME (small and medium enterprises) protect and exploit their investment in brands, design, technology and the arts. SME require intellectual property (legal protection for their intellectual assets) at least as much as big business but their limited means restrict the way they can use it. Looking after such clients wisely requires skills and knowledge which have taken me years to learn.
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