, Maddus Mattus wrote

@evildictaitor: These and numerous other court cases are not enough to change your mind?

No. Because cherry picking individual patent lawsuits that got to court doesn't tell you whether patents in general are bad for the economy any more than looking at investment banks going bust in 2008 tells you that investing money is bad for the economy, or that looking at personal injury court cases allows you to conclude that ladders should be made illegal.

You do realize that all that money spent there is not spent on adding value to the economy? It just produces paperwork.

Well maybe we should close down the courts and scrap all laws - since obviously the entire legal system provides no benefit to society other than to produce paperwork.

Or maybe you're ignoring the elephant in the room, which is that patents getting to court is an unfortunate consequence of research being tradeable in an open and free market, and that the benefit to society of that market existing dwarfs the cost of protecting it.

For someone who claims to be all for the free market, demanding that existing free markets be closed down and that their products be treated as owned by society and having no tradeable value sure is a funny way of showing it.