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How much would you pay for a tech patent?

How much would you have paid 20 years ago for a piece of technology allowing you to connect with your friends and share stories, messages and pictures online?

The patents for this piece of tech are probably worth far more now. Nasdaq-listed Facebook, the firm behind this software, had a market capitalisation of about US$922.5 billion (S$1.2 trillion) as of yesterday.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 04, 2021, with the headline 'How much would you pay for a tech patent?'. Subscribe