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The development of new inventions is promoted by the granting of patent rights, which restrict the right of anyone but the patent holders to profit from these inventions for a specified period. Without patent rights, anyone could simply copy another’s invention; consequently, inventors would have no financial incentive for investing the time and energy required to develop new products. Thus, it is important to continue to grant patent rights, or else no one will engage in original development and consequently no new inventions will be forthcoming.

Which one of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

(A) Financial reward is the only incentive that will be effective in motivating people to develop new inventions.

(B) When an inventor sells patent rights to a manufacturer, the manufacturer makes less total profit on the invention than the inventor does.

(C) Any costs incurred by a typical inventor in applying for patent rights are insignificant in comparison to the financial benefit of holding the patent rights.

(D) Patent rights should be granted only if an inventor’s product is not similar to another invention already covered by patent rights.

(E) The length of a patent right is usually proportional to the costs involved in inventing the product.
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New post 10 Mar 2011, 10:36
This is an assumption questions. Hence, I used the negation technique. Only A seems to weaken the conclusion and make it invalid.

First, locate the conclusion : The conclusion is "it is important to continue to grant patent rights, or else no one will engage in original development and consequently no new inventions will be forthcoming"

A - if we negate "Financial reward is not necessarily an incentive for developingn ew inventions". This is false. The passage clearly mentions that Financial reward is imp. Hence, best answer.

B - Not relevant to the passage.

c - Conclusion does not talk about holding patent right but talks about granting patent rights.

D - Irrelevant

E- Irrelevant
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The development of new inventions is promoted by the
granting of patent rights, which restrict the right of
anyone but the patent holders to profit from these
inventions for a specified period. Without patent rights,
anyone could simply copy another’s invention;
consequently, inventors would have no financial
incentive for investing the time and energy required to
develop new products. Thus, it is important to continue
to grant patent rights, or else no one will engage in
original development and consequently no new
inventions will be forthcoming.
Which one of the following is an assumption on which
the argument depends?
(A) Financial reward is the only incentive that will
be effective in motivating people to develop
new inventions.
(B) When an inventor sells patent rights to a
manufacturer, the manufacturer makes less total
profit on the invention than the inventor does.
(C) Any costs incurred by a typical inventor in
applying for patent rights are insignificant in
comparison to the financial benefit of holding
the patent rights.
(D) Patent rights should be granted only if an
inventor’s product is not similar to another
invention already covered by patent rights.
(E) The length of a patent right is usually
proportional to the costs involved in inventing
the product.


SImply A will be our answer. Negated A will shatter the conclusion.
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Hi All,

In some cases we try to avoid options having extreme words e.g. only.
Suppose we get such type of questions at the last moment, how to deal with them??

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I think 'only' in option A makes it bit hard to choose, but all other options are out of scope. Hence option A is correct.
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The development of new inventions is promoted by the granting of patent rights, which restrict the right of anyone but the patent holders to profit from these inventions for a specified period. Without patent rights, anyone could simply copy another’s invention; consequently, inventors would have no financial incentive for investing the time and energy required to develop new products. Thus, it is important to continue to grant patent rights, or else no one will engage in original development and consequently no new inventions will be forthcoming.

Which one of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

Conclusion: It is important to continue to grant patent rights. Why?
Because, otherwise inventors would have no financial incentive for investing the time and energy.
So, here it is obvious that the author is assuming that financial incentive is the only incentive for inventing. Nothing other than money motivates these inventors.

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(A) Financial reward is the only incentive that will be effective in motivating people to develop new inventions.

As per our prethinking.

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(B) When an inventor sells patent rights to a manufacturer, the manufacturer makes less total profit on the invention than the inventor does.

Profits of manufacturers is immaterial for us.

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(C) Any costs incurred by a typical inventor in applying for patent rights are insignificant in comparison to the financial benefit of holding the patent rights.

This choice is tempting. This is saying that patent costs are insignificant compared to the profits from holding these patents. This option is talking about financial incentive but we don't know if financial incentive is the only motivator.

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(D) Patent rights should be granted only if an inventor’s product is not similar to another invention already covered by patent rights.

Nothing about financial incentives. Move on.

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(E) The length of a patent right is usually proportional to the costs involved in inventing the product.

Again this option is saying nothing about financial incentive being the only motivator.
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