I'd been reading it as "patents". I thought this was another story about that everyday, routine kind of litigation. Been a long day...
I would highly recommend these. The cost vs. quality is superb. In the many years that I've been using them for everything from home shopping lists to design amendments, I cannot recall a single time one has ever failed on me. The only times they didn't deliver were when I was stupidly trying to write on a glossy or otherwise unsuited surface.
And in the Far East we should probably call it the Midwest
They'll probably just charge repair costs back to the taxpayer.