Re: The patent system is broken
It's especially damaging to the software fields where the "invention" under protection is code, user interfaces, and math. A patent is supposed to prove that no other implementation of an algorithm existed, but it's impossible to prove a negative. The amount of software in existence increases exponentially, the probability of two independent developers working in the same domain on the same algorithm is very high.
It won't change though, companies who use patents have more money than those being hurt by patents.