Martin said: >The patent system worked when it operated as designed. >However, as >1) Patent authorities don't take account of prior art (*cough* 1 click) >2) Patents are granted for discoveries, not just inventions ("cough* genes (existing ones, not altered ones)) >I'm not sure you can conclude that it doesn't have some major >issues. For a really wonderful example of the patent system at use, see http://news.com.com/2100-1023-885552.html?tag=cd_mh To quote from the article: "A 7-year-old Minnesota boy has patented a method for swinging side to side, meaning he could conceivably take playmates to court if they try his new trick without permission. " Great system, eh? Amy.