One more vote for patent law reform

It seems like almost everyone is taking creative liberties with intellectual property these days. One of my favorite abuses of the system is the “patent troll.” A normal person (or corporation) will obtain a patent to protect their own manufacturing or research interests. But a special subset of patent owners, known as “patent trolls”, enforce patent rights against supposed infringement, even though they don’t manufacture products or supply services related to the patent. Their entire business model is based on broad enforcement of intellectual property rights that they don’t even use. This seems patently dishonest. If anything is an argument for intellectual property law reform, this is.