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The role of intellectual property and competition policy in promoting innovation
8 - The role of intellectual property and competition policy in promoting innovation; We need to be mindful that IP policies do not disadvantage the individual inventor. As machines take over and exceed the capabilities of individual people, we are at risk of further disenfranchising the individual relative to the corporation. Software is one kind of IP that can shift the balance away from individual contributors. Software patents, closed source (as opposed to open source), restrictive practices on documentation, expensive software certification and corporate rather than individual licensure are all practices that disadvantage the individual inventor or community project.