McCain's battery prize
The brand-R talking pointheads are knocking Manchurian Candidate McCain's idea of a prize for the best development of a long-running battery for electric cars. They are saying - correctly - that incoming money isn't really the missing element. Also correctly, that such a battery would be unquestionably profitable without a prize. But MC McCain and his critics are all missing the main obstacle to invention: litigation.
A truly meaningful and helpful offer would be the following: We will set up a special panel, outside the patent system, to check out inventions. You submit your invention, with proper proof that it works, and we will take the best three submissions through the patent process without cost, with full confidentiality, and with permanent immunity
from lawsuits by Patent Trolls. This setup would genuinely level the playing field.