Patents & Copyrights: Banneker Center Survey #210
Results of May Survey
Patents & Copyrights
Thank you for your opinions! Here is what you said.
If I invent something, no one else should have the right to invent it.
0% said that's right
100% said that's wrong
If I buy something, I have a complete right to take it apart and study how it was put together, and to profit from what I learn.
80% said that's right
20% said that's wrong
If Smith holds a patent, what should happen when Smith dies?
40% said the patent should also die
60% said the patent should go to Smith's heirs
0% said the patent should go to the government
0% said the patent should be auctioned off
How long should a patent last?
40% said less than five years
40% said 5-10 years
20% said 10-20 years
0% said more than 20 years
If patents were no longer given out, would it stifle new inventions?
10% said people would not try to invent if they didn't expect a patent
70% said you can't stop inventiveness, lots of patent-free inventions are made all the time
20% said patents hold back invention more than they help
0% said unsure
Some patents and copyrights are worth a lot of money. Should the government charge a fee for protecting them?
60% said yes
40% said no
Are some patents just like corporate welfare?
90% said yes, they are private benefits conferred by government
10% said no
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