Originally Posted by dagamer34
You mean, when you remove the optical drive in a laptop, it gets thinner? Man, I can't imagine if this kind of behavior existed back in the 80s or something, we'd have to have multiple keyboard designs because someone would own a patent for the QWERTY keyboard for 20 years.
We're just lucky they didn't have legions of patent lawyers back when Indo-Arabic numbers (you know, the system the world uses) were invented....
Originally Posted by GadgetCanada
That's it. I'm going back to school to become a patent lawyer. It's gotta be the biggest growth industry right now
No one should hold their breath waiting for meaningful patent law simplification and reform.
I believe that a majority - or at least a plurality - of the members of Congress are lawyers. Messy laws are good for the law biz, and keeping things the way lawyers like (with lots and lots of grey areas - the more the better) - results in beaucoup political contributions. The trial lawyers' association - where medical malpractice suits are the bread and butter that help keep medical costs so high - is the biggest single organizational contributor to the Democratic party, which ensures that comprehensive "tort law" reform simply ain't gonna happen, though both parties are lobbied extensively by segments of the profession.
Another stat from a few decades back also hasn't likely changed: The US is the most "litiginous" (law-suit filing) society in the history of the world, tho' the EU seems to be emulating our ways. So from the legal profession's POV, their slogan about simplifying/clarifying IP law is something along the lines of, "If it ain't fixed, don't break it!"
And while it's slightly out of context, Shakespeare's admonition about the first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers (paraphrased, sorry), audiences still react viscerally to the line centuries later.....