Innovating Without Patents

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There’s a myth circling that patents are essential for innovation: without a monopoly from the patent office, no new ideas could ever make it to the public marketplace.

Software has turned that old wisdom on its head. It is a dynamic and innovative industry beyond the wildest dreams of the founders of the patent system, yet the vast majority of software practitioners hold no patents.

The authors of the site from which you arrived compete in the marketplace of commerce and the marketplace of ideas by doing good work, not by suing the competition.

For more on software patents, see the links to the left.

You can also find more information, and help us document the case against software patents by visiting swpat.org – the software patents wiki.

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