Friday, May 04, 2007

The Supreme Court does something sensible regarding software patents.

In software development, we are usually spending most of our energies meeting deadlines. Everyone is constantly inventing, perhaps discarding and reinventing algorithms. When something works, new deadlines compel the developer to move on immediately to get the next problem solved. So who has time for patents? Typically the developer who files patents is the one with too much time on his hands. Software patents should be done away in their entirety.

The Supreme Court has made it easier to challenge frivolous patents. This is definitely helpful, but for the small business, a frivolous patent means potentially a frivolous lawsuit that can put a company into bankruptcy.

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