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Eric von Hippel

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262035217

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262035217.001.0001

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Preserving Free Innovators’ Legal Rights

Preserving Free Innovators’ Legal Rights

(p.127) 10 Preserving Free Innovators’ Legal Rights
Free Innovation

Eric von Hippel

The MIT Press

This chapter reviews household sector innovators' legal rights to engage in innovation and innovation diffusion. It reveals that free innovators have very strong legal rights, at least in the United States, with respect to both innovation development and innovation diffusion. Despite their generally favorable situation, however, free innovators' freedom to operate is frequently curtailed, and free innovation costs are often raised, by regulations or legislation promulgated for other purposes—often without awareness that free innovation even exists. To conclude, this chapter makes specific suggestions for improving this scenario, and also proposes an increase in awareness of free innovation as well as the benefits it brings to society.

Keywords:   legal rights, United States, freedom to operate, government regulations, social awareness, free innovators' legal rights

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