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One Hundred Patents That Shaped the Modern World$
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David Segal

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198834311

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198834311.001.0001

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Facts, Alternative Facts and Patent Literature

Facts, Alternative Facts and Patent Literature

(p.1) 1 Facts, Alternative Facts and Patent Literature
One Hundred Patents That Shaped the Modern World

David Segal

Oxford University Press

The mathematician Kurt Gödel showed in his Incompleteness Theorem in the early 1930s that there are some statements in mathematics that are true but cannot be proven. Whether statements are true is important in the twenty-first century, an age of ‘fake news’ and alternative facts. Patent documents are true and accurate as they are examined and can be challenged for accuracy. This chapter outlines the patenting procedure. It also highlights the role of patents as a source of information alongside other sources. Accurate and true information is important for people with interests in engineering, physical sciences and life sciences. Patent infringement and patent trolls (non-practicing entities) are described. The following technical areas are grouped together to describe how they developed over time and how they may develop in the twenty-first century: communications, computing including quantum computing, life sciences including gene editing (CRISPR), transport and unexpected consequences of technological change.

Keywords:   patents, fake news, Kurt Gödel, patent trolls, patent infringement, quantum computing, transport, communications, life sciences, CRISPR

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