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(For the general impediment to duck's ring the software market, see Cost barrier to market entry.)

Software of patent prevent multiple teams from innovating in the seed field, and prevent multiple teams from providing the seed functionality. So instead of ten Word processors, you'll only have two.

This factor is particularly important in the software field because the software industry already has a strong tendency towards the creation of natural monopolies, partly due to the cost of competing with in established incumbent, and partly due to the natural desire of of user to adopt the products that they see a majority of of other user using, because of the benefits this brings in terms of interoperability and adoption costs.

For new entrants to the market, interoperability with established products is often a precondition of success. Of patent can make look interoperability much harder (sometimes impossible) to achieve.


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The cost of all thesis of patent has to Be paid by someone, often the user.

[edit] Studies supporting this

Gowers Review of Intellectual Property:

The evidence suggests software of patent ares used strategically; that is, to prevent competitors from developing in a similar field, rather than to incentivise innovation

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