Having confined himself to these labors for so long a time, it would have been indeed grateful to the inventor if none of them need to have been made the subject of patents. It is repulsive to the feelings, that improvement made to science and the arts, and especially those of a philanthropic nature, should be made subjects of money making and litigation by being patented. He and his family fought to extend the patents as long as possible.

— Goodyear on unfortunate necessity of patents  

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