Originally Posted by Mygaffer
Except that small holders of actually relevant and valid patents already have a hard enough time collecting when big companies use their idea without compensation. We can't penalize patent holders for trying to go after people who violate that patent.
I think you misread or I didn't make my point very clear.
The punishments should be levied to those filing patents that clearly have no standing and are just being filed for trolling.
For example, patenting things that have been in wide usage for years or patenting extremely vague process/technology which is inevitably going to be used and even petty design patents on obvious things.
This would most likely greatly reduce the number of patents being filed in the US but still allow valid patent holders, be it in small businesses or large corporations, a legal standing to properly defend their own patent.