I find the patent system laughable. 

-1- For the small guy it is just a way to publish your technology so it can be used by other bigger fish sans compensation.  How many lawyers can you afford to pay full time?

-2- Its a great way for big companies to bully little ones.

When I worked at Honeywell we engineers were encouraged to apply for patents.  If Motorola sent a stack of paper 6 inches tall Honeywell wanted to be able to respond with a stack of paper 12 inches tall.

Who but a big company could afford the herd of lawyers required to fight such battles?

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