@wkempf: You have this absolutely correct. 

There is a reality here that takes over when you have a patent and want to take on a GE or Microsoft etc.   These big corporations will flood you with legal paper and counterclaims.  Their whole purpose is to drain you financially so you have no money left after paying legal fees.   It takes so long to sue someone that time is not on your side either.     The only hope for the little guy is to be ignored or get bought out.    The patent system does NOT work for the guy with an idea anymore.