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[News] Study: Patents Reduce Innovation

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Yet Another Study Shows That Patents Lead To Sub-Optimal Innovation

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| A few months back, two professors, Andrew W. Torrance and Bill Tomlinson, 
| published a paper on a simulation game they ran to test out some of these 
| hypotheses. A bunch of folks submitted this back when it first came out, but 
| I wanted to spend some time looking over the details before writing about it. 
| Basically, Torrance and Tomlinson create a nice simulation system that really 
| does a good job simulating the various models for innovation with patents or 
| in a more collaborative world. And, what they found in the simulation they 
| ran supports what has actually happened in the real world, according to the 
| research we've discussed in the past:        
|     These results indicate that current patent systems (that is, systems 
|     combining patent and open source protection for inventions) may generate 
|     significantly lower rates of innovation (p<0.05), productivity (p<0.001), 
|     and social utility (p<0.002) than does a commons system. This suggests 
|     that current patent systems may significantly deter, rather than spur, 
|     technological innovation compared to a commons system.      
| Specifically, the results compared three separate models: one where 
| everything gets patented, one where it's a hybrid model with both patents and  
| a common, and one that was pure commons. The results are pretty striking. In 
| the pure commons (no patents) world, they ended up with more innovation, 
| significantly greater productivity and massively more social utility.   



Telling the Truth About Software Patents and Innovation

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| Would abolishing software patents, then, lessen innovation among large 
| companies? Again, no. IBM, Microsoft and Oracle were founded before software 
| could be patented. They couldn't afford to quit innovating simply because 
| patent protection became unavailable. Â Â


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