But everyone has a different idea of what a patent is for and what it is not for. Please do not lecture me about it, I have heard quite enough. I think I know more about it than you do. I already know that without a lot of money you can not defend it. I know that most patents do not make money. I know all this. Patents are a tool of business, generally very big business. But it has other purposes as well as long as you are modest in your expectations. And as my readers know, I am a very modest person. What I am looking for is credibility.
That is the American Way.
Or is it? Surely those of us who believe in the "free market" to allocate scarce resources can come up with a better way? A way to use the otherwise crass invisible hand to create a new, better patent handjob as it were and create a more equitable society?
One thought is to give everyone a coupon for a "patent" that could be traded on the free market and allow those who want to have more than their normally allowed one patent to have as many as they can afford, and yet allow even the most poor to get one patent by right of birth.
I hope you will support this plan for a patent coupon exchange with your elected representative(s) the next time you get together with him, her or it.