Linus Torvalds: Software and Process Patents Don’t Make Sense

“I think copyrights, and especially patent disputes, get really
nasty really quickly. Especially on patents, it’s like winner take
all on completely insane grounds – there is no middle ground. You
either win or you lose. That makes it a very nasty thing from a
legal perspective.

I have filed at least 3 patents during Transmeta times. They
were about hardware so I am happy about them. It was an interesting
experience. I am not saying they were wonderful patents–I am
saying it was interesting to see the crazy patent language you have
to have and that’s the reason you have to have a patent lawyer
because the language makes no sense. In US it’s technically English
but it’s not really English.