This question stems from those that Jorge Aldo is asking.
Changing the social order of Rome was tried by many people and those people were pretty much all killed, regardless of who they were.
Various people and theories have arisen which argue that it was the British and then American patent system which caused the industrial revolution, not any basic changes in philosophy, religion, or culture but just this small legal mechanism.
So how believable would it be to have Julius Caesar add basic patents to Roman law? What would that look like? Would Frontinius (who in Jorge Aldo's world makes a hot air balloon) get rich? Say a ten year protection against infringes but the idea must be communicated to the Senate or officer that the Senate appoints and be public record.