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SpaceX has "essentially no patents", main competition is China

SpaceX doesn't really hold patents, figures if they did, China would just copy them anyway

By Anthony Garreffa | Nov 11, 2012 10:43 pm CST

On one side of the fence, I like patents - it protects important intellectual property - but on the other hand, it can really hold back essential building blocks for our future.

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Well, one would think that the space venture from entrepreneur Elon Musk, SpaceX, would hold tonnes of patents. The answer is a flat 'no'. During an interview with Chris Anderson at Wired, Musk was quoted:

We have essentially no patents in SpaceX. Our primary long-term competition is in China. If we published patents, it would be farcical, because the Chinese would just use them as a recipe book.

We might see SpaceX adopt patents in the future, but for now they're just holding their special eleven herbs and spices as trade secrets.

Anthony Garreffa

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Anthony Garreffa

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games to be built around consoles. With FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with high-end, custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU technology is unwavering, and with next-gen NVIDIA GPUs about to launch alongside 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitors and BFGDs (65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync TVs) there has never been a time to be more excited about technology.

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