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What are some ways that the government has supported the computer software industry?

The government has two important roles: promote competition as well as protect consumers. Should the government put time limits on a patent?

If the government imposes tax cuts for 95% of all households. How could this affect Microsoft or Apple?

How was Apple and Microsoft affected, directly and indirectly, by the government bailout?

What would be some advantages and disadvantages of a government bail in the computer industry?

Perfectly Competitive Market Structures, Monopolistic Market Structures, Monopolist Market Structures, Oligopolist Market Structures, and Bilateral Monopolist Structures. What structure does Apple operate in? Why?

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One of the most important ways by which the government has supported the computer software industry has been by providing a great deal of government contracts to companies within this industry, in order to provide computer software for civilian government operations such as the computer software that is utilized within the U.S. Congress and the Department of the Interior for example. The government has also supported the computer software industry by purchasing a great deal of computer software for military purposes within the Department of Defense, such as the software utilized in missile defense systems. The government should not put time limits on a patent due to the fact that maintaining patents for indefinite periods of time does not harm consumers in any way, nor does it hinder competition. This is due to the fact that other organizations are free to utilize their innovative creativity to develop products that they can patent and utilize in the free market, which ...

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