What do you their purpose is in sending hundreds of patents a year to the patent office? They know most will never see the light of day, but they do it anyway. Seems pretty irresponsible of them to just throw ideas against a wall to see if they'll stick.
That's a good question that deserves a good answer. My only guess is that they think that method will keep them ahead of the competition. Instead of fantastic ideas, they do this instead. I'm not saying they make bad products, they don't, but I would much rather see them more confident in their ideas.