Re: None of these patents should ever have been granted
I think there's a simple thing that could be done to do away with patent trolls : tie the awarded amount to the revenue generated by the troll with the patent.
Well ... no.
I might have an idea, and patent it. I might then spend a lot of time and money working out how to get my idea to market -- developing the tech that's based on that idea, looking for backers to help put it in production, and so on. I might easily have to do that for a few years before I could bring a product to market and start to make money.
Now, imagine that in that period someone else with more money and more experience than I has the same idea and rushes it to market. What can I do but sue him?
At this point I'll have spent all my savings and a few years of my life pushing forward an idea that might one day have made me rich beyond the dreams of avarice, but to date has given me debts and an ulcer. You think it's fair that the only recompense I'd be entitled to in law would be bigger debts and another ulcer?
If you want to assess the value of the invention why not see how much the other guy has managed to make from it, since he's the one who's actually selling it.
Or turn the whole thing around, maybe. Give Zuckerberg the debts and the ulcer. He might find them ... broadening.
[I agree that patent trolls are pond-slime, I just want to point out that not everyone who holds a patent but isn't actively marketing a product based on that patent is a troll.]