The Genie in the Machine: How Computer-Automated Inventing is Revolutionizing Law and Business by Robert Plotkin (Hardback, 2009)
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- DescriptionWe have long considered inventing to be a uniquely human activity. But just as the assembly line automated the process of manufacturing, today's computers are automating the process of inventing. Software can automatically generate designs for everything from toothbrushes to antennas to automobile frames more quickly and inexpensively than ever before, thereby ushering in a new era of artificial invention. Inventors will use artificial invention techlogy to boost their inventive abilities to previously undreamed-of heights, enabling small teams of inventors to compete with mega-corporations who insist on inventing the old-fashioned way. Even consumers will be able to use artificial invention techlogy to become inventors themselves. We stand poised to see the emergence of the digital renaissance artisan -a person who will have the ability to t only design new inventions at the touch of a button, but also to manufacture them automatically from the comfort of home. As Robert Plotkin reveals in this landmark book, our decisions about these inventions today will dictate who gets to control this powerful techlogy tomorrow. Should inventions designed by software be patentable? Should the software that produces those designs be patentable? The Genie in the Machine offers the first-ever examination of the implications of artificial invention techlogy for patent law, the law of invention. Along with practical advice for inventors, high-tech companies, and patent lawyers, this forward-looking book provides concrete recommendations for reforming patent law in light of the growing importance of invention-automation techlogy.
- Author BiographyRobert Plotkin is a patent lawyer specializing in patent protection for computer technology, with an emphasis on software patents. His clients range from individual inventors to Fortune 50 companies. He is a Lecturer at the Boston University School of Law and has written and spoken internationally on patent protection for software, computer ethics, freedom of expression in software source code, and electronic privacy. He is the founder of Robert Plotkin, P.C. in Burlington, Massachusetts, which has been named a Go-To Law Firm for Leading Technology Companies by American Lawyer Media.
- Author(s)Robert Plotkin
- PublisherStanford University Press
- Date of Publication20/04/2009
- SubjectNational Law: Professional
- Series TitleStanford Law Books
- Place of PublicationPalo Alto
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintStanford University Press
- Content Note10 figures, 1 illustration
- Weight531 g
- Width3887 mm
- Height5817 mm
- Spine23 mm
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