DISCUSSION: Both passages are extremely skeptical of patents. Neither passage has anything good to say about them.
Passage A criticizes the fact that obvious patents are now common.
The author of Passage B describes a defensive policy for his company, and justifies the company’s use of patents.
- Passage A doesn’t have anything nice to say about patents. And Passage B describes a company’s policies on its own use of patents. It’s not a general argument about why we should eliminate patents.
- Passage B definitely didn’t defend patents. The first paragraph calls for eliminating them.
- CORRECT. Patenting the obvious is a good title for passage A. The passage was a complaint that patents are too easy to get, and that patents harm software. The author of passage B presents a defensive policy for his company.
- Passage A doesn’t describe a misunderstanding about patents. A passage that had this title would clear up common misconceptions about patents.
- The author of passage B isn’t apologizing to his customers.
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