James Dyson is making a stand for all inventors by filing an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights against the cost of patent renewal fees.
Dyson claims that the renewal fee system, which forces inventors to pay up every year, violates the human rights of all inventors.
“An invention is a piece of creative art, like a book or song, and those don’t require a renewal fee every year,” says Dyson.
“Inventors are being charged enormous sums to renew each patent – up to 2000 per country per year in some cases. This is money many cannot afford because they have not yet turned their invention into a profitable business.”