“A person ought to keep a secret if he has said that he will do so” (Anon.)
“The intellectual property situation is bad and getting worse. To be a programmer, it requires that you understand as much law as you do technology” (Eric Allman)
“Only one thing is impossible for God: To find any sense in any copyright law on the planet” (Mark Twain 1902)
“The patent system added the fuel of interest to the fire of genius” (Abraham Lincoln 11 February 1859)
“Trade Marks – the Fingerprints of Commerce” (Anon)
“Examples of selling of ideas are portrayed in consulting or paid advice, as the pricing of intellectual property is market driven” (Chuck Martin)
“To ignore this blatant misappropriation of our intellectual property is akin to taking these assets that we’ve invested in and saying they don’t matter.” (Brian Bogosian)
“If this business were split up, I would give you the land and bricks and mortar, and I would take the brands and trade marks, and I would fare better than you.”(John Stuart, Chairman of Quaker (ca. 1900))
“Better a man have anything happen to him except all his children die of the influenza than that he be involved in a patent action” (Lord Esher in Ungar v. Sugg [1892] 2 RPC 113)
“A patent, or invention, is any assemblage of technologies or ideas that you can put together that nobody put together that way before. That’s how the US patent office defines it. That’s an invention.” (Dean Kamen)
“Everything that can be invented has been invented.” (Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Patent Office, 1899)
“There is no doubt that if this country wants to maintain their position in the world markets ‘branded goods’ is the only method as a hall-mark of quality. The private trade-mark is the keystone in modern commerce.”(Advertiser’s Weekly, 29 August 1918)
Congress must have the power “To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.” (US Constitution 1787)
“Except, perhaps, cases of warranty of horses, there was no subject which offered so many opportunities for sharp practice as the law of patents.”(Earl of Granville House of Lords 1851)
“Scientific truth, or the mathematical expression of it, is not a patentable invention.” (MR&T v. RCA, U. S. Supreme Court, 1939)
“An algorithm, or mathematical formula, is like a law of nature, which cannot be the subject of a patent.” (Gottschalk v. Benson, U. S. Supreme Court, 1972)
“Excluded from such patent protection are laws of nature, physical phenomena, and abstract ideas.” (Diamond v. Diehr, U. S. Supreme Court, 1981)
“Intellectual property rights violations are a crime and we don’t believe we should be negotiating crimes with our trading partners” (Carlos Gutierrez)