Just wondering, wasn't the original intention of the patent process very
similar to the intention of open source?
As I understand it, the idea was that innovative individuals and businesses
would publish the details of their innovations in a single central register
so that others could benefit from and advance the new knowledge into new
products. In exchange the innovators would gain limited IP protection in
exchange for that easy access to their IP by others.
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