I'm tired of all the patent BS from both sides. Sooner or later whoever holds the most patents will put a strangle hold on products we buy and more importantly decrease progress. If I were King... Once a method of creating Product A has been awarded a patent there is a no loop-holed rule that applies: New patents stay with the company who created the idea and can not be sold to another company. When the originating company who holds said patent ceases to exist for whatever reason that patent is dissolved and then becomes "open" to whoever wants to use it. nobody can claim that 'idea' again. Simple, straight-forward thinking imho. ...now, where is my crown?!