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incrediBILL - 7:19 pm on Jan 29, 2014 (gmt 0)
What is it that makes me pleased to hear this?
Why should you be pleased that people get sued over their thoughts?
Most software patents are crap because most software solutions are obvious.
People that write things like JPEG and MPEG compression are doing something that's truly utilitarian and not obvious, those deserve a patent. But most of it simply doesn't pass the test and the patent office and courts don't know any better and they just let this stuff choke the industry.
It stifles innovation as people are trying to litigate thoughts which is what programming really is, mentally solving problems. Once you've patented enough thoughts every line of code you drop is infringing on something and the whole industry grinds to a halt.
Having been on the wrong end of some frivolous patent litigation, I can tell you that the time, money and resources this nonsense sucks out of a company can almost kill a small organization. It can easily be fatal.