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    , Maddus Mattus wrote

    @evildictaitor: Can you give me a concrete example of $100m research project, that takes $5m to copy? And how fast can bring a copy of a $100m research project to market?

    1. A drug to cure HIV-AIDS.

    Finding the right protein: >$1bn. Determining what protein is the active ingredient in a given liquid using mass-spectrography <$5m.


    2. Inventing the Office 2007 Ribbon.

    Cost to make: >$50m

    Cost to implement, given a working implementation: <$10k


    3. Inventing Windows XP

    Cost to make >$1bn

    Cost to invent Reactos - a copy of Windows XP made by copying Windows XP, < $10m.

    Innovative companies that do things differently lead the markets

    That, right there, is proof that patents work.