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1) Mounting a camera on every mailbox facing the road
2) Then with 360 view.
3) Then with zoom capability.
will it be 1984 then?
Are there 10 carriers left in a given market?
If they would have not allowed the mega mergers no body would need such list. Competition would have made sure that they beat each other,
What about having a "bounty" system for patent examination?
The entity that wishes to patent something posts a problem description and bounty money and time frame to solicit response. The bounty money will be say 5 million times the amount they will be allowed to charge per license and one human being required only one license in his lifetime and duration of the patent will be five time the time frame they give for soliciting the competing solutions.
Then anyone one from common public (bounty hunter) is allowed to propose the solution to the given problem. Top ten peer rated proposal are compared against the "candidate" solution by the same peers. If the candidate solution is rated better by the peers proposing the solutions it gets patented using above mentioned licensing scheme. All the proposed solutions become public domain knowledge and the bounty hunters get the bounty money divided in them.
High cost: Makes sure that no silly patents.
Reasonable time frame: If they want to patent for 20 years, good for them. People will get 4 years to think about solutions.
Clear licensing cost: Everyone know how much is it worth.
More innovation: For every patent idea multiple free alternatives.
It can be tweaked to say the bounty money will be what it would cost to license for 5% of the market that define. If they define narrow market, the patent will be applicable only in that narrow market.