It will protect the inventors somewhat from theft. It will also publicize the invention. It will also protect 'MS' patients from ...
It will protect them somewhat from ...
They just might be trying to make a living doing something decent that helps a lot of people. Patents protect those jobs too. They aren't just Cocaine fund makers for Facebook billionaires. They might be helping a lot of Italians feed their kids.
I say, go Dr. Zamboni. This will maybe help the foundation and tide you over till the Nobel Committee gets around to you.
1eye, I sympatise with you. The patent system is a great thing that helps our society forward and rewards risk taking and deep investment in researching new directions. Yet, the things that should be patentable should be new, disruptive, and represent deep investment. Otherwise, and that is what we often see these days, if people think they have something new, the first thing they do is run to the patent office. With as a consequence that new thinking or developments potentially affect thousands of patents. This hampers innovation, in your country and in Europe, in fact kills it all because companies simply can not oversee the risks anymore.
But no need to worry. The net will solve all of this. The notion of Intellectual Property will completely change becasue of it.