Dr. David Martin discusses the Global Innovation Commons. The Global Innovation Commons is the composting of the relics of the end of the industrial economy. When you have more fencing and more fences than land to enclose, you can either live in the cell you've created or you can compost the fence.
The Global Innovation Commons (G.I.C.) provides a world-wide repository of all innovations which, while possibly protected in one or more countries, have the ability to be used in the rest of the world due to patent expiration, abandonment, invalidity, or failure to file in-country protection. The G.I.C. enables the immediate “open source” generic production of most technologies – even those considered most cutting edge – in markets where patent holders failed to seek or gain protection.