from the i-should-patent-the-combination-of-tech-and-dirt dept
A column in the SJ Merc about one of my favorite subjects: the ridiculousness of business model patents. Everyone in the valley seems to be getting these patents for no other reasons than (1) everyone else is doing it and (2) PR value of saying you have a patent. In almost all cases these patents should not be issued. They are not particularly new or novel ideas, and all they do is cause problems for other companies in the long run. They certainly don't server their purpose of encouraging new inventions. When are we going to reform our patent process?