Global Intellectual Property Center

How Do Intellectual Property Rights Drive Innovation?

How Do Intellectual Property Rights Drive Innovation?

As Abraham Lincoln said, “the patent system added the fuel of interest to the fire of genius…”  IP protections ensure that American scientists, engineers, artists, writers, entrepreneurs and innovators recoup their investment and are rewarded for their work, incentivizing them to develop new ideas.

The patent system is the engine of the idea factory. In exchange for exclusive rights for a limited period of time, the inventor must publicly disclose the technical know-how behind a new invention. This allows other innovators to leverage past discoveries, constantly injecting new ideas into the public domain.