"ZDNet reported yesterday that the US Patent and Trademark
Office issued a 'final' rejection of one (of five) of NTP's
wireless email patents. As a Crackberry owner myself, there was
much rejoicing. As a software developer, I have mixed feelings, but
probably not for the reason you think.
"Let me get one thing out of the way first: although I work on
both proprietary and open source code, in my opinion, software
patents are the worst thing that has ever happened to computers
since that moth flew into Grace Murray Hopper's Mark II Aiken Relay
Calculator back in 1945..."