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The excitement that technology tools have brought the world over the last decade has to be tempered by the recent article Charles Duhigg and Steve Lohr wrote for the New York Times about the battle for patents and how they are now being used as weapons in the fight for greater profits and control of technology.

The article addresses the value that patents have, particularly in this technological age. The person or company that creates a product obviously deserves the credit—and the reward—that goes with such innovations. But the article suggests companies are now using patents as a tactical device to control what others are trying to do to make breakthroughs in technology—something that consumers want to see happen.

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