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David L. Webster

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A patent is a legal analog of sticky fly paper: it attracts some of the lowest forms of life.
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in his autobiography, as quoted by Peter Louis Galison, Bruce William Hevly (1992). Big science: the growth of large-scale research. Stanford University Press. p. 55. ISBN 0804718792. 

 
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