Source: The New York Times
quote: 1. Fire everyone currently working for the US Patent Office.2. Invalidate all existing patents.3. Hire Motoman to solely operate the new Patent Office.4. Have companies submit applications for patents.5. Summarily throw out all the stupid ones, like patents for rectangles and smooth black surfaces.5a. Put Mike Tyson on a plane to whoever submits such patent applications with a federal directive to beat the sh1t out of every person who works in the company that submitted the patent.5b. Pretty soon, no more stupid patents get submitted.