jrepin writes: ""Patents are here to stay." This is the sort of statement that makes Carlo Piana uneasy. He guesses in the 17th century the common wisdom was "slavery is here to stay." In the 18th century giving voting rights to women seemed absurd and foreseeing open borders between France and German was crazy talk in 1945. At a certain point, fortunately, those things changed for the better. Is it time to change the common wisdom on patents as well? Is the time ripe—will it ever be?—to utter the frightening word abolition? Carlo Piana does not have the privilege to know the answer, but he regards the question as a legitimate one. According to some patent experts, however, questioning the very existence of patents seems blasphemous."