> So going after the root cause would mean to work to abolish the patent-system altogether. No Quarter.
What if you consider research in investment because you can then apply for a patent and thus get a return on your investment? Not having patents may lead to less research from private companies, because their ideas would be stolen as soon as they make a product.
As an example, Philips and the Carminat group used to develop GPS-based navigation systems in the nighties, when it was hard and expensive. Not sure they got much back, as when things started picking up hardware was becoming cheaper and more powerful and the Philips navigation looked rather like LWN.net (old-style, though high quality) while the others more like to Google+ (latest AJAX beauty, but content needs sorting) ;-)