Because IBM has received more US patents than any company for 20 consecutive years, it is worth understanding its viewpoint. Manny Schecter IBM's Chief Patent Counsel, leading IBM's patent effort for decades, wrote an article: Why patents matter that may reflect IBM's viewpoint. He believes the critics of the U.S. patent system are overreacting, don't understand the system, the America Invents Act is just coming into play, and the smartphone patent war merely repeats other disruptive periods in America's history. Sure vocal critics would not like being tagged as "overreacting" and "ignorant" of how the system works. But what may be even harder for them is Mr. Schecter's views may represent the "silent majority."
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