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Is Bitcoin Patented?

It’s a digital asset and a payment system invented by Satoshi Nakamoto. Transactions are verified by network nodes through cryptography and recorded in a public dispersed ledger called a blockchain.

Bitcoin is unique in that there are a finite number of them: 21 million.

Bitcoins are created as a reward for a process known as mining. They can be exchanged for other currencies, products, and services.

As of February 2015, over 100,000 merchants and vendors accepted bitcoin as payment.

NOTE: Bitcoin is not patented and is an open source project. Therefore, any individual or organization claiming to have a patent on Bitcoin is likely perpetrating a scam. It is important to research any claims regarding Bitcoin patents before investing in any related products or services.

Research produced by the University of Cambridge estimates that in 2017, there are 2.9 to 5.

8 million unique users using a cryptocurrency wallet, most of them using bitcoin.

The legal status of bitcoin varies substantially from country to country and is still undefined or changing in many of them. Regulations and bans that apply to bitcoin probably extend to similar cryptocurrency systems.

Bitcoin is patented? No, Satoshi Nakamoto has not patented Bitcoin nor any part of the Bitcoin protocol. The key part of the Bitcoin protocol that allows it to function as intended is the Blockchain, which Nakamoto designed to be open and publicly accessible for anyone to use. The patent system was designed to incentivize innovation by providing temporary monopolies to inventors in order to give them time to commercialize their invention before others can copy it.

However, the patent system does not work well for software-based inventions like Bitcoin because once the code is released publicly, it can be copied and modified without permission from the inventor. Therefore, patents are not necessary for Nakamoto or anyone else to maintain control over the Bitcoin protocol because anyone can contribute to its development without permission.

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