United States Patent is primarily a "grant of rights" for a constrained time period. In layman's terms, it is a contract in which the United States government expressly permits an person or organization to monopolize a certain concept for a constrained time.

Typically, our government frowns upon any sort of monopolization in commerce, due to the belief that monopolization hinders cost-free trade and competition, degrading our economic system. A great instance is the forced break-up of Bell Phone some years ago into the several regional mobile phone organizations. The government, in certain...