Everyday there is a new article about a new patent lawsuit being; whether, it is the latest salvo in the current smart phone war, or a “Patent Troll” looking for its next victim. The constitution defines patents and copyrights as:
To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;
However, rather than promoting progress patents have actually become a hindrance to progress. The computer and technology industry moves faster than any previous industry, what made sense as proprietary technology 10 years ago does not necessarily make sense today. Also the process for issuing patents needs much stricter rules ensuring that a patent is 100% unique , and that it adequately describes the technology. While these measures will not solve all the current problems it will certainly be a step in the right direction.