Questions tagged [patents]

Patents are granted by governments to inventors offering a time-limited monopoly to exploit an invention in return for open disclosure of the know-how behind the invention. Specific rules differ from country to country.

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Do patents boost innovation?

In a recent judgement Europe's highest court ruled that Stem Cells derived from human embryos cannot be patented (see BBC story here). This provoked many scientists to argue that both research and the ...
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Do software patents stifle creativity?

Is there any evidence to support the claim that software patents stifle creativity and put many people at risk of legal action? If necessary refer to some background reading: Seriously think about ...
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Does tetrasilver tetroxide cure AIDS?

I just found a picture that said: Wanna know a Secret? Google for 5676977 That leads to US Patent 5,676,977 which describes using the "diamagnetic semiconducting molecular crystal tetrasilver ...