Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 08:54 UTC
Legal Ars Technica looks at a government report on the rise in patent lawsuits, and concludes that most of it is caused by software patents.

As is clearly visible in the graph above, the data shows that many more companies are getting sued than were a few years ago. That's true even though the number of lawsuits has held relatively steady over the last 5 years. The increase in defendants, the next graph shows, is driven by software patents.

It's right there in the data. The problem is, of course, that software patents are the bread and butter of Microsoft's and Apple's campaign against their competitors, and as such, there is zero chance of the US government stepping in to finally ban these ridiculous patents. As long as the two largest technology companies rely on software patents, nothing will be done about them.

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At least we have figures now ...
by lord_rob on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 09:18 UTC
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Brilliant article! Finally the US government can now see what's bad with software patents!
(Feel the irony)

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Patent suits
by kwan_e on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 10:20 UTC
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2007-02-18

Patent suits causes rise in lawyers' pants.

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