“Unfortunately, patent trolls are abusing a flood of questionable patents — like those on basic e-commerce tools such as online shopping carts and shipment notification emails…”Oh, since they're “basic,” they're not worthy of patent protection?Let's have a bit more honesty in discussing whether a patent should be protectable or not. In many senses, a broad scope would be proof of how important the “discovery” really was. This post argues against common-sense notions of what should be protected.And as a PS: there've been billions spent on lobbying, but I haven't seen any proposals that the US Patent & Trademark Office get more funding to weed out these spurious patents. Why hasn't some of that lobbying gone towards strengthening our ability to distinguish valid patents from junk?Even as it's incredibly easier to search out prior art and obviousness, the claims that bad patents get granted have risen exponentially. But the value of genuinely new patents have risen, and that looks like the cause of blogposts such as this one. Many advocates, such as this page, make it look like the concern is not bad patents, but good patents that are unfavorable to politically powerful companies.
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