How did the patents encourage new inventions?
- Anonymous9 years agoFavorite Answer
Should you come up with a new invention the official authorities would protect your rights to be the sole person to gain profits from using/selling it. In simple words, it guaranteed that you would be the only one offering an attractive new device/machine = profit.
Remember that patents also expire after some time - this way society as a whole can embrace, use and upgrade the idea, without the inventor hogging it for too long.
- RickLv 59 years ago
Because a patent meant that someone else couldn't steal your invention, that it would be protected and you would receive the financial reward for it.