"Message to Americans, dont you think you are all made to look stupid for this sort of behaviour?"
Only to stupid people who don't understand that when A is a member of C and B is a member of C, A is not necessarily equal (or even remotely similar) to B.
@"Intellectual": She must be a little more intellectual than you, if she understood that the verb "effect" AS YOU DESCRIBED IT is perfectly appropriate. Read: "... where a single technology can [bring about] hundreds if not thousands of patents..." Of course "affect" is appropriate as well, which leads to the real question you failed to ask: Did Sarah King actually "say" this, in which case it was possibly transcribed incorrectly, or did she write this, in which case it was possibly spelled incorrectly? Without more background information, the true meaning of her statement is debatable, and application of the descriptive "moronic" is premature.
PS. If you want to get into a pedant fight, we could discuss your punctuation or the logical inconsistency of those last two sentences...
@everyone else: The real problem is that the US Patent and Trademark Office is understaffed with undertrained examiners who are overpressured to clear their backlog of patent applications. There are efforts in this country to increase staffing and training levels as well as to reduce the number of patents filed. (Personally I would like to see severe criminal penalties for the filing of stupid patents like this one -- or just a requirement that a patented techology be used in a real product within 2 years or be automatically voided -- with the onus on the patent-holder to prove that it has been used.) E-bay is contesting the patent, but that goes back to the same understaffed USPTO.
@theregister: can we get rid of the stupid "Post anonymously" option? I like to take credit for my crazy rantings, and would prefer if everyone else were held to the same standard. A system designed to protect idoits who just want to badmouth every other bod is ludicras.