Re: The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) IS THE PROBLEM!
"Kill The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)."
A bit extreme, and what's to say that what replaces it won't be worse?
Simple fix: A handling fee, based on the company's/individual's net worth, that gets refunded if the patent is approved. If not, the USPTO adds it to the budget.
Now, how often do you think they'll approve a patent from US Megacorp if it means refunding a multi million dollar handling fee?