Ronald J. Riley is correct in my opinion in nearly every statement above. Just check Wikipedia's listing for "patent" and learn. Hiding behind anonymous posting is the bane of the internet ... if you feel strongly about something, don't be afraid to stand up for it, as Mr. Riley does. It's a shame that every generation has to re-invent the wheel ... the open source community's denouncing of patents is simply a way of hiding one's head in the sand and not checking the prior art (which is getting easier to do every year.) That's not to say there are not abuses in the worldwide patent system, but I give credit to Mr. Riley for speaking up in this forum.
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