Patents have a huge scaling problem. The fine folks at Frugal Dad put together a great graphic that demonstrates the issues, but the bottom line is that the patent system couldn’t scale when they allowed concepts to be patented. People have a lot of ideas, many of them may be impractical today, but everyone rushed to patent them anyway. The system is broken. We need adults to come along and fix it again, sadly we don’t elect adults anymore, we prefer zealots of whatever team we are cheering for in the election game.