Intellectual Property: No One Wants To Pay – Everyone Wants To Get Paid
|The Big Shill:|
Massive Hypocrisy -
and Juicy Rationalizations
Hand in hand with hypocrisy – goes rationalization. Which an exchange in the flick “The Big Chill” aptly describes thus:
Michael: “Don’t knock rationalization. Where would we be without it? I don’t know anyone who can get through the day without two or three juicy rationalizations. They’re more important than sex.”
Sam: “Aww come on – nothing’s more important than sex.”
Michael: “Oh yeah? Have you ever gone a week without a rationalization?”
Immediately prior to this, actor Jeff Goldblum’s Michael perfectly describes the hypocrisy-rationalization nexus:
In the IP World, the hypocrisy-rationalization nexus is embodied by people who take IP very seriously when it’s theirs – and totally un-seriously when it isn’t. We recently catalogued computer giant Apple’s IP dystopia. They’re suing Samsung to get paid for their patents – and suing Qualcomm to get out of paying for Qualcomm’s.
But a quick scan of the Web provides an avalanche of this nonsense. To snag a few at random….
Microsoft Sues Corel In Office Software Patent Battle
Corel Software Sues Microsoft for Software Patent Infringement
Microsoft Sues Motorola Over Wi-Fi, Video Patents
Motorola Unit Sues Microsoft in Patent Case
Huawei Sues Samsung over Patents
Samsung Sues Huawei Over Patent Infringement
And it isn’t just U.S. companies. Heck – whole countries do it. China is world-renowned – for stealing per annum close to $400 billion in IP. That is MASSIVE IP theft. Now-President Donald Trump routinely made China’s heists an issue while running for the office.
But does China take its own IP seriously? What do you think.
International Patent Applications from China Surge in 2016: “The number of international patent applications from China hit about 43,100 in 2016, an increase of 44.7 percent from the year before, the State Intellectual Property Office said Wednesday. By the end of 2016, China had about 1.1 million domestic invention patents, becoming the third country in the world to surpass the 1 million benchmark, after the United States and Japan.”
So when next someone offers some ridiculous rationalization – in defense of their ridiculous hypocrisy – remember this evidentiary cavalcade.
And the human nature behind it.
Seton Motley is the President of Less Government and he contributes to ARRA News Service. Please feel free to follow him him on Twitter / Facebook.
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