The Problem with Software PatentsMay 10, 2010, 18:34 (3 Talkback[s])
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"Software patents are a disaster for innovation. The system is asymmetrical, in the sense that it is very expensive to defend against a patent suit. At the same time, it is very easy to get a patent on almost anything, including things people have no business getting patents on. I have a friend who was given a patent on a number, for example. Fred Wilson called my attention to a video that is a great documentary on what's wrong from the side of granting bad patents. My friend's number patent came about because he followed the letter of the law as described by the video and described some particularly complex mathematics that defined the number.
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