Not so many years ago, even as I was filled with fear and loathing of the hideous misconduct of the US Patent & Trademark Office, I retained some respect for the notion of patents. I even wrote what I think is an unusually easy-to-read introduction to Patent Theory. But no more. The whole thing is too broken to be fixed. Maybe it worked once, but it doesn’t any more. The patent system needs to be torn down and thrown out.
via ongoing by Tim Bray · Giving Up On Patents. Oh patents the more I hear the more I hate.
There are a few organizations I recommend if you wish to try and help eliminate bad patents.