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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 7
01-16-2011, 11:13 AM
Originally Posted by MGDawson View Post
To be honest, patents and copyrights, for the most part in modern history, came into existance because wealthy people didn't want 2-bit companies making similar products.
Modern history? Patents have been in existence since the 1600s. in the US there has been a patent system since shortly after the Revolutionary war ended. Patents come into existence so that when you invent something you can make money off it exclusively for a set amount of time as you well deserve to. It also prevents you from getting rich off someone else's hard work and ingenuity as you deserve not to. Patents eventually expire so that others can take your invention and improve it to advance technology.

Fun fact, Ben Franklin refused to patent his inventions so that other could improve on his design immediately.