Analysis: Patent law isn't in sync with human-device interactions

03/20/2014 | Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network

Patent law is failing to keep pace with interaction design -- how consumers interact with digital devices -- and that failure is inhibiting technology innovation, writes Sohrab Vossoughi, president of design consultancy Ziba. Patents awarded to fundamental human gestures, such as expressing approval via a thumbs-up, are "destructive" and must be revised, Vossoughi writes. Such gestures are "ways of manipulating the world, hardwired into human brains by evolution and cultural conditioning."

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