When we contemplate nature and the circumstances of animals in the wild where the law of nature is eat or be eaten, such as an alligator in wetlands and the other species unfortunate to cohabit with them, it makes our daily condition as humans and any complaints we may have against one another seem so trivial and unworthy of attention.
Yet when we consider the differences in our existences to those other animals or even to other humans from centuries or even decades ago, or even today in other parts of the world, it forces us to consider why our circumstances are so vastly different.
As Abraham Lincoln once said of the American patent system, it “added the fuel of interest to the fire of genius in the discovery and production of new and useful things”. Without these perpetual and self perpetuating advances we question if our circumstances would be significantly better than the unfortunates cohabiting with the alligator.
No, our grievances with large multinational infringers (thieves) who have promoted their doctrine of theft in the destruction of our patent system are not trivial. Rather they are of the utmost weight and vital to the interest of not just America, but to all society as a whole worldwide. Either we effectively protect the property of inventors that they may have a realistic expectation they will be able to commercialize their inventions, or they will go to the gators (the unjust, as Socrates might have said) and in time the rest of society will follow.