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Empirical Evidence that Software Patents Stiffle Innovation

In a direct lift from Brad Feld’s Brad Feld’s(fixed link) recent post, a pointer to Slashdot’s post that that a Critic of Software Patents Wins [the] Nobel Prize in Economics. “One recent subject of Professor Maskin’s wide-ranging research has been on the value of software patents. He determined that software was a market where innovations tended to be sequential, in that they were built closely on the work of predecessors, and innovators could take many different paths to the same goal. In such markets, he said, patents might serve as a wall that inhibited innovation rather than stimulating progress.”

Brad’s found a bunch of other resources I’ll add to the links page.


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