Well the problem is any one can FILE a CLAIM for a patent. When people start to confuse a DESIRE with an IDEA, at the very least it can catastrophically clog the system.
This a technical forum 99% of us can tell the difference. Even in an artistic forum most people will be able to understand the TRUE concept of intellectual property. But both disciplines combine still only make up a sliver of the general pop. A population that has started confusing a desire or need with a solution. which is what I was trying to say earlier.
The people in my example would claim they invented the car, even though they knew nothing of physics, chemistry or mechanics.. because they felt there should be carriages with out horses.. way before Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach. (who technically only invented an IMPROVED coach utilizing gasoline).
ON a funny note, to support my argument. Look at the ad campaign for Windows 7. "Windows 7 was my idea" Yes, it's just a marketing campaign, but marketing campaigns often reflect a cultural wave.