While the smart phone patent wars have generated debate about the patent system, the discussions raise a more fundamental question about the willingness of the United States to invest in our future. We as Americans need to make up our collective mind about whether we are satisfied with short-term gratification or whether we are willing to invest in the long-term. At their core, patents, and intellectual property in general, represent that investment. Drawing on recent patent quality metrics, the Article brings balance to the heated rhetoric, explaining why the best evidence available shows that the smart phone patent wars are not about low quality software patents or an ineffective patent system. Given this evidence, we Americans must continue to have faith in allowing our national innovation system to grow and develop as it has over 200+ years so that we and our children will have even more, and better, innovations to enjoy in the future.
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