So ITWeb is running a story which reads like a marketing brochure
for a legal firm. FUD and broad, open-ended statements abound. Boy oh boy did that raise my hackles, but my attempt to comment on the story bailed. So here is my rant:
Patents restrict and hurt innovation. They prevent the natural progression and evolution of ideas. So called "cross-licensing" is a modern form of extortion. Patents prevent developing economies from using the latest ideas and technology without paying exorbitant amounts of money to first world countries.
Software patents are evil (and illegal) too. As Paul Graham
put it "We, as hackers, know the patent office is letting people patent the knives and forks of our world"
The only people who ever get any real value out of patents are lawyers.
And if my comments here are not enough to convince you, read this transcript
of a speech by Richard Stallman on software patents