Patents are NOT dead ends. Each patent is just a way among zillions of doing A thing. It is the ’’market’’ that decides which is The Best, which is The Cheapest. There are always plenty of ways of doing anything. The patent system was the basis of the Industrial revolution, without it no one would have invested on ideas, and those with big money would have always won. To patent an idea is one thing, buying patents to blackmail people is another thing.