I'm with bloodrayne on this one.
Ask how the authors of 15 million books feel that google is taking their work and scan it to make it all available for free
I thought google only scanned 10% of the book as is legal under "fair use".
The courts says otherwise.
The idea of a patent is to grant the inventor a limited monopoly on their invention, just long enough so that they can get it to market before competitors can steal it and get it to market. What we see now is a complete perversion of the original intent, corporations building up huge "patent libraries", waiting until someone brings something to market and then suing them for infringement. How is this contributing to innovation in any way? Its all just lawyers suing sawyers. See: Samsung vs Apple in "yes we can patent rounded text boxes".
Samsung is manufacturing the parts for Apple and then, like a miracle, comes out with an identical looking product "out of nowhere" - would you give a manufacturer all your research & design so he can simply use your own design to compete with you? Is that innovation in what - better theft?
Like Google sits on Apples board with access to all confident information and then - coincidentally comes out with Android after the iPhone got released...
Competition is good, especially competition on quality - competition on price is disastrous for the consumer. Only competition on quality leads to innovation, this unless price is a quality by itself.