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).
Now get writing!