Wired: Patently Absurd

“Many Silicon Valley companies are deciding that when it comes
to technology patents, the best defense is a good offense.”

“In the high-technology age, the patent has become more than
a way to protect legitimate intellectual property. It’s often the
legal equivalent of a Cold War nuclear stockpile: Sue me over your
patents and I’ll sue you over mine.”

” ‘It’s what I like to disparagingly refer to as ‘mutually
assured crap,’ ‘ said Greg Aharonian, a patent researcher and an
oft-quoted critic of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. ‘It’s
like the Cold War strategy of mutually assured
destruction. “