Confessions of a Patent Examiner

From a short and somewhat melancholic interview in the Washington Post with Nestor Ramirez, a patent examiner:

What continues to amaze me about people who apply for patents is not that they’re coming up with these completely novel inventions that just break down the door and bust the mold. No, it’s that there are so many really driven people who are constantly trying to make things we already use, better. They see a photocopier, a toothbrush, a golf club, whatever, and they just want to improve it.