I know I’m letting some work colleagues do the heavy lifting for this blog, but wanted to point people to this opinion piece by Rick Merritt for EE Times.  The patent system is a good intersection of government and technology, and can be a surprisingly important factor in innovation.  The US Patent & Tradmark office looks to be in need of an overhaul.  Currently it is run on the cheap which creates the attitude of the examiners to approve most patents (and therefore collect the fees), and let the legal system determine what is and isn’t a good patent.  Good for lawyers, not so good for inventors.  I’m sure there are interesting times legal battles ahead.