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Patents and Paypal - Elon Musk (SpaceX)
Date: 10/8/2003
Length: 0 minutes
Speaker(s): Elon Musk
Sources: Stanford Technology Ventures Program
Description: PayPal did have a few patents but nothing that really mattered, says Musk. He acknowledges the necessity of patents in certain industries but industries like software, where the lifecycle is rapid do not need IP.

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