Re: poly: Idea Futures, some questions

From: Robin Hanson <>
Date: Mon May 25 1998 - 13:28:59 PDT

Nick B. writes:
>Well, that is precisely the issue. Does idea theft (and the secrecy
>it necessitates) create a big cost? Maybe it does not, but ideally I
>would like to know of a reason for believing that.

The patent system now covers many areas of research, and patents are
subject to the same problem of idea theft. The cost of preventing
theft doesn't seem very large for patents are the moment.

Robin Hanson
RWJF Health Policy Scholar, Sch. of Public Health 510-643-1884
140 Warren Hall, UC Berkeley, CA 94720-7360 FAX: 510-643-8614
Received on Mon May 25 20:34:45 1998

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