Just to be clear - I'd like to see an RF 16-35mm f/2.8 before either an RF 14-21mm f/1.4L or an RF 12-20mm f/2L (I expect both to be too expensive for me) too, but it didn't sound like what you were saying.
sorry if my writing was not clear. Exactly same opinion as you!
And yes, it is "a patent only" right now. No problem with Canon patenting all sorts of stuff. As long as they MAKE and SELL the very products I am interested in.