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Yep, that's the US all right. Quantity over quality.
I wonder how many of these patents are absurd and/or unenforceable? I wonder how many use prior art that the USPTO saw fit to not research. Oh, right, the USPTO only gets money for patents it approves, and thus approves just about everything submitted. They're an American government cash cow that rewards short term riches over long term sanity.
I wonder how many billions will be wasted by companies fighting many of these new patents that should never have been awarded in the first place? Remember RIM, that got dinged for 650 million or so even though every single one of the patents in question was subsequently revoked. They're only the very tip of the iceberg.
I wonder how many ACTUAL innovators will be stopped from doing anything because the current patent farce is a complete sell out to the "big names" and to IP trolls?