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Patents do seem to be a huge mess right now, not that I'm an expert in patents, patent law or all the issues, but two thoughts come to mind.

One is a professional review system before patents are issued, to help weed out "dumb" patents, or ones that are trying to claim rights on things that already exist.

The other is some sort of "use it or lose it" rule- that is, you get, say 2 years or so of complete exclusivity, after which it falls under something similar to frand if you are not actively using it.

Very curious to see what holes can be poked in these ideas!

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