"Patent fights are fights about money. The secondary issue, the
one that makes the headlines, is control. To really understand
what's going on in the current patent posturing involving
Microsoft, Novell, and a host of open-source companies and groups,
it helps to keep those factors firmly in mind.
"What makes this current brewing battle particularly puzzling is
that it is based on software patents. The naïve can confuse
software patent issues with those of copyright and trademarks.
Unlike copyright and trademarks, however, where one can point at
the offending code or trademarked image or language, there is no
such bright shining line in software patents..."