THE public will learn that patents are artificial stimuli to improvident exertions; that they cheat people by promising what they cannot perform; that they rarely give security to really good inventions, and elevate into importance a number of trifles…no possible good can ever come of a Patent Law, however admirably it may be framed
That was from the Economist in 1851. It’s a shame we’re still elevating the trifles to importance in the software world. Economist comment on patents