Take the refrigerator for instance, if you wanted to build a product that was equal to a refrigerator without the patent restrictions. You might change the way it looks and the way it is built. Changes that would improve the product but retain the function, Maybe someone knows how to do this?
I would like to start co-ops where 10 to 100 employee owned facilities could create products for an American market first ,than export any surplus to other countries. Our model function would be to make any product consumed by Americans and made in Asheville NC. Can you currently buy a small tractor made in the USA?
I believe American workers can compete with any workers in the world, if they have a level playing field.