How did the patents encourage new inventions?

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  • 3 years ago
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    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.

    • Nuff Sed
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      3 years agoReport

      Furthermore, all patents are public information, thus also encouraging OTHERS to come up with inventions, based upon the public knowledge, rather than everyone keeping things as trade secrets, which would drive up the R&D costs.

  • 3 years ago

    Inventors knew that with patents, they could get rich. The government would help them if somebody stole their inventions. Without the patents, the government would not help, and anybody could copy the invention.

    • Nuff Sed
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      3 years agoReport

      What "help" do you believe the government gives patent owners? Do you mean the federal courts, where (like any other civil case) the plaintiffs sue the defendants for infringement?

  • 3 years ago

    yes

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