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I swear it's turning into some elaborate game, like a CCG only in this game they're not playing with cards, they're playing with patents...
It's like, to big companies, the US patent office is the local card shop where you spend loads on 'patents' trying to make sets and build as strong and diverse a deck possible... and the legal system is the platform upon which companies engage in 'epic' battles against each other with their decks of 'patents'. The game ends when one of the player's 'companies' runs out of money, patents, or appeals.
Uhoh... I hope I haven't given anyone any ideas for a new game... Maybe I'll just patent the idea! Yeah!
But the winner of this game gets control.
They don't have to worry about competing in the market - they are protected from competition, just sit back relax and let the profits role in. Knowing that no matter how little they spend on R & D in the future no competitor can ever arise they can just be squashed in the courts.
The likely outcomes;
A patent war between large IT corporations would be bad, damage the world economy and put people out of work. The alternative of large corporations forming patent cartels so that they can prevent new players joining the market and stifle competition is worse