"ACTA is anther name of "kicking away the ladder" with which the industrialised nations climbed to the top.
During the debate of Patent Act of 1790, Richard Wells argued that Americans should not be deprived of the advantage of imitating any of the English invention. This argument prevailed in the US House, and patent on "imported technologies" became
prohibited. This policy objective was invigorated by discrimination of foreign inventors in the US statute lasted for about 70 years from 1793."