Re: For a contrasting view...
"The patent system as it currently stands( and especially in the US)"
One of the particular problems with the US "patent system" is that you can patent both "innovation" and "trade dress"
In the rest of the world the latter is "trademarking" and a registered trademark - which you have to USE in order to defend, and is only granted for a particular field of business (and if you don't defend it, you lose it)
The US way is wide open to abuse and is frequently used that way because trade dress patents are conflated with innovation ones.
And that's QUITE apart from the USPTO's well documented issues - which boil down to examiners being told to "pass everything" as well as being graded based on how many applications they process/approve - meaning a diligent examiner ends up being rated "poor" and fired.