Software patents: Innovation killers

Commentary — I usually stay neutral when it comes to hot political topics, but I would like to make an exception for this: I’ve a major problem with software patents.

Patenting software is very much like patenting thoughts and ideas. As in: I come to a conclusion today, so I patent it, and if you ever come up with the same conclusion a minute later, then I can claim rights even if you’ve never heard from me. If you can patent software, then why not patent a political program? A marketing plan? A business plan?

Let’s get serious here. Software patents only serve one purpose: They are the corporation’s ultimate legal weapon to squash innovation outside of it.

Update — See also: Bill Gates and other communists.