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Yeah, I'm no fan of software patents, but the idea that the patent office supplies any kind of significant revenue producer seems a bit far fetched. If so, they should increase their fees. We could use it, and it might not be a bad thing if it caused less than meritorious patents from being issued.
You're thinking large scale.
People operate on a more local scale.
The USPTO itself sees patents as a revenue source for its employees. No different than police or anti drug squads like anti-drug laws.
Then the 'profits' of the USPTO go to some program or group that gains an interest in it and it gets hard to cut. No different than red light camera or speed traps being used for city funds.