What are the advantages of patenting an algorithm or system? The costs are huge, the game is rigged against the little guys (the innovator), and at the end maybe it works just for big companies and patent trolls, but not for the start-up entrepreneur. You'd think that broadcasting your ideas will make it impossible for patent sharks to claim them. And if you are smart with marketing, you can successfully compete with the patent sharks.
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Pharmaceutical firm GlaxoSmithKline has said it wants to make it easier for manufacturers in the world's poorest countries to copy its medicines. The British company said it would not file patents in these countries. Chief executive Sir Andrew Witty said he wanted to take a "graduated" approach to the company's "intellectual property" based on the wealth of nations around the globe. Experts have described the plans as "brave and positive". GSK hopes that by removing any fear of it filing for patent protection in poorer countries it will allow independent companies to make and sell versions of its drugs in those areas, thereby widening the public access to them.