Is it wise to condemn a group or system based on its worst outliers? Would we do the same for other groups?
We should condemn the system based on its abilities to allow such outliers. In the eyes of the justice system, all patents are equal until defeated in court.
That’s usually my complaint about US patents, yeah. Patent trolling doesn’t happen at all where I live (Italy) because our patent law is really strict and doesn’t even allow such people to obtain one.
Patent law in Italy tl;dr: You must have a working prototype, it must involve something physical or generally applicable to industrial manifacturing (so no software patents), it must not be anything that an experienced professional in the field would already know (so no patenting known/obvious stuff).
Haven’t seen anyone complain about it yet.