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Life, Liberty and Intellectual Property

Adam Mossoff

Presented at: OCON 2017

Date: Jun 10, 2017

Abraham Lincoln identified the American patent system as a great human achievement, stating that it “added the fuel of interest to the fire of genius.” His statement about the nature of patent rights captures the Founding Fathers’ moral achievement in securing patents and other intellectual property rights in U.S. law. As Ayn Rand recognized, the moral is the practical, and thus economists have long identified IP rights as an essential requirement of a growing free market and flourishing society.


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