The Apple vs. Samsung case has revived discussion on the adequacy of the current patent system. Does it still make sense? Will this verdict foster the perception that the patent system is causing innovation to plummet? How could we get rid of it, while encouraging inventiveness?
the patent system may be the driving force behind much of what emerges from silicon valley. the present system is what apple stands on when it pushes to innovate - helps create an environment in which apple has faith that it can milk it's innovativeness fully, and thereby is willing to embark on research / take risks / etc.
i take no credit away from innovators who put in time+money+effort+risk+etc -- however: even after innovators recover investments & make profits, the prices at which some monopolistic innovators continue to exploit patents stifles peoples' ability to benefit from technology & improve it. patent tenures often are too patent-holder-friendly. e.g. generic drugs (see link).
(cant be any more detailed :: branch's 700-limit)