Re: Taketh away
IIRC, the US patent system will basically take your registration fee and register it... They leave the arguments of prior art to be sorted out later in court.
In other parts of the world you have to pay for a search to ensure your patent isn't already registered, and it's actually checked to see if it's even worthy of a patent before you can actually go about registering.
You can see how the US one would be more profitable for the patent office, and the lawyers a few years later,