theodp writes: "Speaking at the Stanford Summit, Google's Patent Poobah told conference attendees that the U.S. patent system is in crisis and lamented the quality of patents coming out. If associate general counsel and EECS grad Michelle Lee is truly serious about remedying the system, perhaps she'd like to kick things off by relinquishing Google's patent for encoding and decoding variable-length data, a circa-1965 novel concept that Google now has exclusive use of through the year 2024."
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