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Just this past week I wondered whether to reach out to you personally to understand your position on patents or bring it up in the comments to one of your articles (usually targeted at Apple) but feared the fanboy label and all the dreck that goes with defending Apple would cloud my sincere attempt to understand your position. Thank you for spelling it out, and more important, at least recognizing that SOME innovation is worthy of protection, for at least some period of time. I do fear that the world will be a worse place if a company that transforms an industry (like the iPhone for example) has no protection over the "cloners" who don't EVER innovate, but in 90 days (or less) can kick out a virtual clone of hardware, or software for that matter, but more important, does it so poorly that at the surface appearance may be similar, but once a consumer purchases it, it's only a mirage and the product is a poor clone, and more often unusable or severely crippled. Thus as you explain, patents should not only protect unique, innovative engineering, but should also consider the consumer as well. A pretty tall order, and if it was easy it robably would have already beautiful into place!