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Professor Petra Moser's research on the impact of patent legislation on innovation is referenced

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Excerpt from WirtschaftsWoche -- (translated from German using Google Translate) "Radical representatives of the free market therefore fundamentally question whether patents actually promote innovation rather than inhibiting it - especially if they have long durations. In addition, it is primarily large companies that use patents to protect themselves from (new) competition. As a result, knowledge spreads less quickly. American economic historian Petra Moser has shown in a comparison of historical trade fair catalogs and patent statistics that countries without patent law, such as Switzerland and Denmark, produced proportionally more inventions at the end of the 19th century than states with patent protection."

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