Quote Originally Posted by Fuzzball
One thing I was taught in grade school about our patent system is it exists to protect original ideas and designs while allowing others to improve on them and patent their improvements. Perhaps I was taught wrong.
I believe you are correct sir. The minute you patent something, your code or creative property becomes visible to all. Technology is so universal and so easy to recreate the same type of thing while being completly different in structure, design, and code. When patented, you run the risk of someone taking that idea and tweaking/changing it to suit there desires or product base.