I write as an established architect to comment on the article concerning the potential use of patents in architecture.
Although I found the Van Hoorebeek/Fineberg article well written and interesting, it struck an unwelcome chord.
My own experiences with intellectual property law have soured my attitude to lawyers, although my lack of legal knowledge did not help the situation.
The use of intellectual property causes the consciousness of risk to be increased in a discipline that in reality should address social concerns without the worry of 'the hounds' trying to hamstring the architect. It looks as if the hounds are here to stay, it is just that they are so expensive to keep.
Gary Kately, Watford