What are patents for, anyways?
Here's a bit of an excerpt from their 11 Step Program. Drop by the site to see the rest. Brilliant.
Step 1: First, come up with something really cool, like a cheese grater that works in both directions. Oh shit, don’t steal that one! That’s mine!
Step 2: Research the marketplace to find out if your idea is original or if some asshole has already stolen it from you
Step 11: Spend remainder of bitter, unnaturally truncated life filing lawsuits to protect patent
For your edification, here are a couple of readings on the state of the patent world.