A growing number of inventors are patenting strategies that could save you money on your taxes. And if you use one without permission? Well, that’s called patent infringement.
“If nature has made any one thing less susceptible than all others of exclusive property, it is the action of the thinking power called an idea, which an individual may exclusively possess as long as he keeps it to himself, but the moment it is divulged, it forces itself into the possession of everyone, and the receiver cannot dispossess himself of it. Its peculiar character, too, is that no one possesses the less, because every other possesses the whole of it.”
Ideas are never property.*
A new expression of an idea may be a copyright.
An object or a method based on an original new idea may be a patent.
And only if granted by the people.
Never taken, only given.
* Ideas may be a property if kept as secrets but only for the purpose of trade.