When you buy out another company, you should get their patents. It just makes sense. In real life, access to patents is a major reason why a company would choose to buy out another company.
This would definitely make the game interesting. Would you also base the purchase price on which patents they have? In real life a companies value is heavily based on any exclusive patents they have and the money that could be made from those patents.
Patent licensing should also be a mechanic. Let another side use your patent for a certain amount of time for money or resources. Make other companies existing an advantage for yourself.
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