What is a Patent For?

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Discretion is the better part of valor. Experience is the best teacher. Inventions must be patented.

Truisms like these are rarely questioned. Anybody who has ever invented the NEXT BIG THING has invariably been advised to patent their invention. If you are an inventor, this is constantly reinforced, for example, by your friends, your neighbors, ALL of your relatives, and in just about every episode of Shark Tank. So you, like everyone else, have been programmed to believe that inventions must be patented.

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