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'Break up Google and Facebook if you ever want innovation again'

Charles 9 Silver badge

But without patent protection, how will innovators protect their inventions without them being copycatted?

As for nonphysical patents, the solution there is not to ban them but to shorten them to reflect the speed of their pertinent industries. Protecting a nonphysical patent for, say, only two or three years can be a good middle ground: long enough to still encourage innovation but not so long as to stifle it.

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