How did the patents encourage new inventions?

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  • 4 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.

  • 4 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.

  • 4 years ago

    yes

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