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Are patents worth your while as an inventor? With lawsuits piling up in countries long loyal to the system, instead of encouraging innovation, it’s incentivizing attorneys to waste time and money bludgeoning each other's clients with patent lawsuits that might otherwise be spent coming up with better products. And in the end, many patents aren't actually able to be enforced, or companies hire teams of engineers to find a work around to your patent. The end result is a lot of time and money spent seeking protection that may not even be there. So, is there a better way? Join us for what promises to be a lively debate about the pros and cons of patents, copyright, and the hidden failures of "private & protected" vs. "open & shared" models for invention.