This quote sums up what’s wrong with software patents:
Ideas are easy. It’s the execution of ideas that really separates the sheep from the goats.
– Sue Grafton
As long as we allow people to patent ideas without a requirement for them to embody it in a product then the patent system is useless.
By the way, here’s another quote that I think is relevant to today’s patent situation:
I know no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effective as their stringent execution.
– Ulysses S. Grant
Please write your representatives today. And the president, too.
This blog entry by Mark Cuban is spot-on with respect to software patents. His main points are:
- Get rid of software patents. Copyright is good enough protection.
- Get rid of process patents. If you want to patent something, make it, then patent it.
- The current patent reform legislation does nothing to address the problem of patent aggregators (or “trolls”).
His last paragraph sums up what we need to do about the legislation in the US:
If you care about the issue of patent trolls, you have one month to encourage your Congressperson to amend S.23 and/or H.R. 1249 to include limiting damages from “non-practicing entities” (aka, trolls).
Get writing/emailing/phoning your representatives in Washington (both the House and the Senate).
Here is a place where you can find out who is your congressional representative.
Here is a place where you can find out who are your senators.
Now get writing!