Peter Amstutz writes "Techdirt often talks about the "mutually assured destruction" model of patent litigation. Well, here is an excellent example of the staggering costs of competing through the courts instead of the markets. Boston Scientific and Johnson & Johnson have been locked in patent disputes for years, each alleging the other infringed on the their patents. Recently, Boston Scientific was ordered to pay a staggering $1.73 Billion (with a B!) in settlement to J&J. As if that's not enough, apparently there are additional unrelated patent cases still ongoing between the companies. One wonders how much has been spent on lawyers."
Think of all this money being shuffled around having nothing to do with actually creating new products that help people or actually getting those products to market where they can help. The patent system isn't being used to promote progress here at all, but to stifle competition and hold back progress.