Re: Proof by assertion
> The problem with your argument is that innovation then becomes a trade secret.
...which is really no different then the situation we already have.
Patent applications are CRAP. They SUCK as documentation. They're worthless for their stated purpose of disclosing trade secrets. Beyond that, something being a "trade secret" is more advantageous because it allows all of the trivial crap that can be recreated by undergraduates to be safely recreated by other companies.
On top of all of that we have the treble damages rule which ensures that NO ONE ever looks at the patent database anyways. They do this to avoid further liability.
The "point of patents" has been totally subverted.