graeme_p - 5:26 am on Feb 25, 2010 (gmt 0)
Advancements benefit society. I am not against patents, but it should be like anything else. If you don't use it, you lose it.
Use it or lose it would be good, as would a specific provision against deliberate use of submarine patent.
That still leaves a need for reform, to limit patents to genuine new ideas.
Of course,all this assumes that patents are needed at all. Advancements benefit society, but the evidence suggests (read some academic studies) that advancement would happen at least as fast without patents (because there are other incentives for doing R & D such as being first to market).