For years, I’ve been amused, confused and occasionally bemused by the lunacy of patents. Now when somebody actually invents something, or devises a particular way of doing something that nobody else has thought of, getting a patent to protect their interests, and to allow them to benefit from their work seems fair enough. It all goes a bit wrong when patents are awarded for vague general concepts, and much money ends up being made by lawyers.
Perhaps this is the reason for it all?
Yup, it’s all Dogbert’s fault.