@JohnAskew: What would you rather have seen then?
That the guy made billions of dollars for the simple invention that you and I could come up with?Without actually making a car with intermittent windscreen wipers?
If you went on to protect every little idea that goes into making a product like a car, nobody would be able to afford to drive one. Competition is what is driving the cost of manifacturing a car down, to prevent it is to drive the cost up.
@evildictaitor: by that notion, we should halt all discussion and merely post links to papers.
This is moving the yardstick to Mars, as I can never fulfill this requirement.
The guy never made billions, but he sued and won against Ford. Patents act to save this court cost. He made a prototype and was betrayed by profiteers. That's immoral in my book, far past unethical.
Patents are everywhere and the world has not stopped. You lack evidence to prove otherwise.
Rule of Law is a concept that you do not understand Maddus, that or you throw it under the bus unwittingly with your knee-jerk, ankle-deep talking points.