Our current policy on Patents can be found:
Commentary on patents:
* Richard Stallman: Patent Law is, At Best, Not Worth Keeping
Proposals for improving the patent system:
* Beth Noveck has done some good work on Peer-to-Patent, which is well worth a look. The idea is that rather than reviewing of patent applications being a closed process handled entirely by patent clerks, patents are examined collaboratively by an open network of experts in related fields.