In the World Economic Forum, this interesting image was shown [1,2]:
Each dot is a country, ordered in global competitiveness ranking versus IP protection ranking. Not surprisingly a country with a good IP protection system in place is more competitive.
The fall back in competitiveness of the Netherlands during its patent free era is further proof of the beneficial effects of a good IP system .
Patents are good for us!
I wish you all happy inventing,
Hendrik de Lange
 Ideas Matter:
 Global Competitiveness Report, Klaus Schawb