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.