@JohnAskew: It's never the system's fault, always the lousy execution,.. There is always talk about reform, the problems may shift a to another area, but the fundemental issues remain.

Can you own an idea?

Even if two, or more, people come up with it simultaniously and independant of one another?

Did Bell really invent the telephone? Did Edison really invent the lightbulb? Or where they the awardees of the patent? Why did they win and their competitors lose? Courts picking winners and losers, how is that a fair? Let the market (us) decide!