Are Patents Un-American?
by David Sims
Related link: http://slashdot.org/articles/01/03/18/1339201.shtml
Ovidius writes on Slashdot that no less an American than
Benjamin Franklin shunned patents for his Franklin stove and other innovations, "on the principle that 'as we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others, we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours; and this we should do freely and generously.' "