Lack of patent protection did impede progress
Posted Jun 21, 2012 0:26 UTC (Thu) by jreiser
In reply to: EFF Launches New Patent Reform Project to Defend Innovation
Parent article: EFF Launches New Patent Reform Project to Defend Innovation
Is there any proof or even indication ... would not have been conceived without patent protection?
Yes, there is, if you consider the aspects of reduction to practice, publication and dissemination. Prior to the late 1970s, method patents via software were difficult to obtain, and special-purpose hardware was very expensive in time and money. This significantly impeded the publication and dissemination of new ideas, methods, and algorithms in software during those years. For instance, what is now known as LZ77 was described in detail by Ziv at least eight years earlier, but suppressed from publication because patent protection was effectively unavailable.
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