The real mark of the brokenness of our patent system is not patent trolls, but rather that most engineers are forbidden from looking at patents.
Sad but true. The patent system works so much against the original idea behind it, it needs to be taken behind the barn and shot.
On another note, I find it even more offensive that the best way to write the most patents the quickest is to sit on standardization committees. That's a well-known abuse that's completely ignored by ISO and other organizations. Because getting the big organizations onboard means a viable standard, and they won't come on-board unless they can kill off the competitors who weren't in the room.