If you feel that patents are being infringed upon, then not buying them is what you should do. I don't know how long Knit Picks Options have been around but the checking I did indicated that a patent lasts 20 years.
Cheating is an option. . . . Cheaters never win and winners never cheat, but smart knitters who want to retain an iota of sanity do, cheerfully. ~~Kory Stamper