It turns out that many of the almost 1000 patents that are issued every day are owned by lawyers.
Complicating the picture is a mid-1990s law that enables so-called “business methods” patents. It was this type of patent that Amazon successfully enforced against Barnes & Noble over “One Click” ordering of books and other products. Patents in 1789 had to be for actual hardware; in 2006 you can patent business methods, which are very close to simple ideas.
How many mistakes can you spot in the above?