I don’t really think one should own intellectual property. The technology of the iPhone made all smartphones better, and in the end that made the iPhone better. Patenting of medicine only drives up costs, making it more affordable to travel outside of the US to buy medicine than to get it here. But the smartphone lawsuits are an interesting one. Patents were originally thought up to protect the little guy, like Nikola Tesla. But the ones patenting things today aren’t the little guys. They’re Apple, Samsung, and Microsoft. Patents are certainly a small issue compared to NSA spying, the prison system, lack of democracy, and every other problem in this country, but they are an issue worth an article. Take a look at this diagram.
Basically everyone is suing everyone. What’s the solution? I have no clue. Maybe we should just not let corporations get so corporate.