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  •  patents don't last forever (3+ / 0-)
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    someone else, lgmcp, AnnCetera

    Once the patent has expired in 14 years, the technology can be used by anyone. Sitting on technology has a very short lifespan, and as H. Beam Piper pointed out in his Paratime stories, it's futile to try to keep basic science a secret, since someone else will eventually replicate the suppressed discovery.

    The problem until now wasn't the lach of technology, so much as the lack of capital to put into projects that current energy investors feel threatened by. Working with Google seems to have solved that one, though.

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    by Swordsmith on Tue Dec 18, 2007 at 05:14:32 PM PST

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    •  Patents Only Worth What You Spend To Protect It (1+ / 0-)
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      Your patent is only as good as your lawyer and your bank account. You can buy a competitor and shut it down pretty effectively, but I don't think a patent would be all that effective at suppressing all use of a technology, especially by a foreign company that would quickly find patentable improvements of its own.

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