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Old 06-17-2010, 01:02 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by Worldwalker View Post
The purpose of patents is not to benefit the patent-holder. It's to benefit everyone else, and the benefit to the patent-holder is the compensation for the loss of secrecy that benefits society as a whole. It is not, or at least was not intended, to be a weapon for those patent-holders to cause widespread harm and disrupt, rather than promote, progress.
A lot like copyright.
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