After Elon Musk announced he was making all of Tesla’s patents “open source,” we reached out to Mark Cuban–he of the EFF’s “Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents“–to posit a world without any patents at all. Cuban respected our mandate for brevity, and proved an exemplary content partner.
2paragraphs: You’re famously against “stupid patents”–and one way to eliminate those is to unlock them all. Consider a world where everybody followed Tesla’s lead and opened up their patents. The drug companies would obviously be deeply affected, but since execution–not secrets–is often the real key to business success, is it possible to envision a healthy business environment that’s pretty much open in the patent area?
Mark Cuban: Yes.