In effect, it seems that the Gates Foundation takes a holistic approach to intellectual property in a way that no government ever could.
As the old saying goes, give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime. As many individuals benefit from the work of the Gates Foundation day in and day out it might be easy to miss the efforts to fundamentally change the paradigm. But facilitating relationships, forging partnerships and engaging for humanitarian solutions without sacrificing profitability is what will see the movement organically and sustainably move forward and do the maximum good.
Gene Quinn is a US Patent Attorney with the firm Zies, Widerman & Malek and specializes in strategic patent consulting, patent application drafting, patent prosecution and technology licensing. He is also the President and founder of IPWatchdog.com which readers of the ABA Journal voted as the top intellectual property law blog on the internet in 2010.