Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Jul 2012 23:08 UTC
Google Apparently, this is a major victory of the patent system. This, this right here, this is what the patent system has come to. This is the destructive effect it's having on this once beautiful industry. Thanks to trolls like Apple and Microsoft, basic, elemental functionality is being removed from devices people already own.
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Patents on software haven't held the industry back, which is extremely obvious given the enormous amount of new technology from both large and small tech. companies coming out every day.

Also, I can hardly think of any patents on software that most developers have to deal with, of which I'm also a Java developer. Because enforcing a patent on nearly any scale except for larger companies is greatly unpractical.

If software patents didn't exist, we would be undeniably looking at a large stagnation of innovation.

For instance, some extremely useful software apparatuses are codecs. We both know how patent encombered they are, but they're so vital to growth in computing today that the investments required to make them better absolutely dictates the need for patents.

Should we expect the great number of mathematicians and developers who create these products work for free, since they would essentially make zero dollars in your software patent-free world?

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