By Ben Butkus

Pure patent systems and systems that combine patenting and open-source protection for inventions may significantly deter, rather than spur, technological innovation, productivity, and societal benefits, according to a recently published study.

The research, published in last month's volume of the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review, suggests that a commons system, in which no patent protection is available, may result in increased innovation, productivity, and benefit to society.

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