Thoughts, anyone? Maybe this already exists? This entry was originally posted at http://morwen.dreamwidth.org/397310.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
Given how software patents turned out (we are still mopping up the damage and it has set technology back years) perhaps someone should start a website accepting user submissions for specific ideas for how 3D printers and other rapid manufacturing technology could be used in the future; so that when these parasites start patenting things that can be predicted in 2013, then they can be shut down by pointing to this as evidence of quite how obvious they were.