23080310 story What If Tim Berners-Lee Had Patented the Web? 154 Posted by timothy on Friday August 12, 2011 @06:11PM from the welcome-to-compuserve-again dept. An anonymous reader writes "Last week Slashdot had the story that the web had turned 20 years old. Of course, patents also last 20 years, which has resulted in some asking what would have happened if Tim Berners-Lee had patented the web? Thankfully, he didn't (and wouldn't). But we'd be living in a very different (and probably less interesting) world if he had."