Patent law reconsidered
Can anyone remember when patents actually encouraged innovation? The primary motives for seeking patents these days are (1) massive monopoly profits and (2) counter-threats against patent-based blackmail. Innovation? Bah, humbug.
Actually, the basic idea of a limited time monopoly is ridiculous now. For almost everything that is patented these days, 23 years is insanely long. Almost every new technology will be obsolete and superseded long before that.
My suggestion: You have to release it to the public and anyone who uses it has to acknowledge that use. Later on, and ONLY if there is a profit there, then the source of the profits will be analyzed thought an audit, the contributing factors will be identified, and some fraction of the profits will be transferred to each of the sources of the innovations in proportion to their contribution.
Not sure what the proper splits might be. Perhaps that needs to be determined at the time of the audits? Speaking as a technogeek, it just seems to me that if you make a very straightforward application of someone's innovation and make a lot of money, then you ought to retain a smaller share of that profit than if you combine a number of interesting innovations and do a lot of extra work to make the same amount of profit...