US Patent system: Irrelevant outside the US.
That's not true. I don't know where I read this, but many countries around the world base their patent systems on the U.S. patent system and U.S. court rulings on patents due to the U.S. global market / financial / trade importance.
There are hundreds, perhaps thousands of products on store shelves throughout Europe that violate Apple patents, because Apple patents things like a touch swipe, basic shapes like wedges and rectangles, and all kinds of stupid sh*t that we've seen over here long before Apple was resurrected from the grave by Steve "RDF" Jobs. In short, stuff gets done over here without the legal squabling over irrelevant crap that blights everything in the US. This may be an antagonistic statement but deep down you know it's true and resent it as much as the next guy. Just dig up stats on profession breakdown per capita by country and you'll go boggle-eyed when you see just what percentage of Americans earn a living via the legal system in some way; It's orders of magnitude
higher than everywhere elseon the planet. (I was taught
this at secondary school
, by the way as an example during an economics class. We even study the reasons why Asia ignores US patents and copies stuff.)
I think the main thing you don't realise is that U.S. global market / financial /trade importance isn't of much value over here in Europe. The dollar is devalued, the US is a long, expensive way to ship stuff, and with the possible exception of Apple, relatively little from the US makes its way over to our European markets; Fashion, automotive, technology, culture and food markets in Europe are almost completely devoid of American competition over here. About the only thing we really see from the US is a few big-budget TV shows.