For over 200 years, the U.S. patent system has catalyzed economic growth and protected the national interest. Unfortunately, over the past few decades, patents have become irrelevant -- even harmful -- to the innovation process.The striking thing is, this editorial wasn't written by some crank. This is Greg Blonder, who led research at AT&T for a number of years, has 70 patents to his name, and is now involved in funding startups through venture capital. What does someone with his experience think of the current state of affairs with our patent system? He thinks that there is a serious problem with patent quality, even admitting that most of his 70 patents shouldn't be protected by government granted monopoly.
Read this article. Then read the comments in the feedback section. It seems that we are reaching broad consensus on these issues: the patent system needs some serious, meaningful reform.