I cannot imagine a person giving a valid opinion, unless they have participated in the patenting process or had some experience in the field of patents.
I would imagine that out of the 1113 voters that answered that poll, probably less than 2% ever had a piece of intellectual property with any possible value.
I have no idea about the guys participating in the poll but that statement is a real put down to millions of engineers and other folks who use their minds to create intellectual property every day.
As it happens us regular guys are paying customers for technological items and I think we have a right to express an opinion when it looks like the patent system is degrading our experience or costing us more money.
A patent gives the right of a monopoly to it's original creator, who in turn must make it as specified in the patent to qualify for protection...
if you don't like the price, then don't buy it.
It is not necessary to actually make the thing in order to get a patent on it. Having obtained the patent it still not necessary to make the thing.
It does happen that sometimes this whole patent mess gets in the way.
That piece of paper is my only protection to prevent other people with more money from stealing my concept.
How does that piece of paper prevent people with more money stealing your concept.?
..I would have claimed the patent system to be fair, but when the US doubled up the copyright law...
I have a song book here with the publisher claiming to own the copyright for 'Happy Birthday' and just maybe under the new copyright law it is true.
Do not mix up copyright and patents. They are not the same at all. Although they seemed to get bandied about together all the time.