My view is increasingly that the patent system is not just flawed and in need of reform but that the very idea of governments granting patents is an error.

I’ve been debating this via various online fora and I’d now like to continue the process here so that I can come up with a clear personal understanding of the arguments.

If you have a point to make, enter it as a comment and I’ll guarantee you a response. I hope to be open minded enough to accept cogent arguments and change my mind if I can see why.