Why patents are bad: Privatisation of knowledge

Patents have their place, and were certainly crucial to the success of the industrial revolution – but in this day and age, with so many thousands being filed every year, they’re creating fences around knowledge, argues Dr Shawn Tan.


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Lars M. B. Anthonisen is Global Account Lead @ Google. Previously, he held various digital marketing positions at media companies across Europe and Asia including Regional Digital Director at MediaCom APAC, CMO at Adform and Digital Manager at Universal McCann Worldwide.