> The VFAT patents are written very broadly, and appear to cover essentially any mechanism that lets you store long names in a database with a name length limit.
Even when accepting that software patents make sense at all, how can such low level and poor engineering hacks be seriously considered as "non-obvious, inventive steps"? Does your electrician file a patent everytime he finds a clever wiring trick to workaround a badly designed panel? How can honest patent examiners and judges be fouled so easily and so persistently? Why is fixing this problem not as simple as bringing independent university professors in front of a court so they can affirm: "If one of my student had 'invented' this patented solution in a exam, he would have got an average or bad mark".
Has the whole world really gone insane? Or is just a minority of people incredily dragging everyone else in their insanity? In the latter case, can we please all come back to our senses and just ignore them instead of granting them way too much time and credit?