throughout history soceity has been obsessed by fads and
phases, the next ‘big thing’, useful improvements and apparently
innovative inventions. the history of patents is generally considered to have started in italy (venetian statute, 1474, issued by the republic of florence). new and inventive devices, once put into practice, had to be communicated to the republic in order to obtain legal protection
against potential infringers. in this period protection was for
10 years only. a similar concept to patents was already used
by the ancient greeks. yet, in recent history no country in the
world has issued as many patents as the united states.
today, the united states patent and trademark office grants
over 180,000 patents a year.
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“The Future of Self-Knowledge” research blog encompasses the techniques and methodologies used in corporate horizon scanning & forecasting, and their counterparts in ancient divination practices and the rise in personal genome services.
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