I am enjoying the new paper out of Trento (Italy) Law & Technology Group on the benefits of Open Access (OA) to publications and data and its role in scientific development:
OA’s main function is … the ability to subvert the power to control science’s governance and its future directions, a power that is more often found within the academic institutions rather than outside. By decentralising and opening-up not just the way in which scholarship is published but also the way in which it is assessed, OA removes the barriers that helped turn science into an intellectual oligopoly even before an economic one.
While scientific publication is slowly moving to an open access model, patents have been there since well before the internet revolution. It would be interesting to apply their model to the patent system retrospectively and consider