AWE Patent/IP Pool
- An AWE Patent/IP Pool has a strong historic precedent. Tom Crouch in Wings; A History of Aviation; From Kites to the Space Age, explains how a Patent Pool allowed a fearful & stagnant early aviation industry to flourish. A Patent Pool was also proposed by aviation legend Paul MacCready, at a 2006 Drachen Foundation Conference, as a key precondition to intensive AWE development.Patent buy-out protects small IP holders from uncertainty, most of whom can not afford to swat common pirates, much wage less epic patent battles against deep-pocket players like Google-backed Makani. IP released to the public domain encourages developers to field solutions without regard for predatory "IP trolling" culture.Relatively small offers would entice most smallholders to release IP rights. In particular, the dozen or so central AWE patents (& misc. IP) are easily affordable by Google.org long before any governmental player can mobilize a Pool. Google.org can also easily create an explosion of Open Source AWE by a broadening its narrow initial investment.If developing alternatives to fossil fuel is urgent, the wisest course is to free up AWE IP as soon as possible.