Would Photography Have Been Different If It Had Been Patented Up?

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    I don't think so. That was a nice start but photography is patented up today. I don't recall Eastman Kodak releasing many secrets and my camera is covered by many patents and sensor design is some of the most closely held secrets today. The patent process slows advances down, maybe, but doesn't stop it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DSRay View Post
    The patent process slows advances down, maybe, but doesn't stop it.
    I agree.

    It's possible that un-patented innovations limit further innovations- it's easier to go with what's freely available than try to figure out a way around a license fee.

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    I disagree. There were a very limited number of people working within the field at the time and strong patents would have slowed the process down to a trickle, maybe even halting the process for a limited time. It is different today with all the technology making it possible to reverse engineer just about anything.
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