The whole thing is nuts. I can't understand why our goverment allows this shit to go on. It's wrong and its bad for society to have this cancer growing inside our economy. Every time I get a meeting with a legislator or goverment employee working in and around the innovation sector, I bring up the patent system and in particular software patents. We need to change the laws. We need to eliminate software patents. This ridiculous Lodsys situation is the perfect example of why. We need to say "enough is enough."I've commented on this issue before; it's one that affects most people but few know about and fewer care about, hence the status quo. Once big companies build a portfolio of patents and have sufficient revenue to pay off trolls as necessary, they mostly seem to become complacent about the current system as it serves as a barrier to entry for potential competitors.
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Time to Change or Eliminate Software Patents
Fred Wilson on patent trolls: