Thank God, there is at least one company under the Sun willing to fight software patents. Red Hat has petitioned the Supreme Court to review the legality of software patents. I read about this on one of my favorite web sites: Groklaw.net. Click on the link for the full article.
Here is an excerpt:
Written code is already protected by copyright law. Software patents cost millions of dollars in the most ridiculous litigation you can imagine.
Remember Amazons ‘one click’? Patent trolls sued for that. Then there is the classic suit, of NTP vs. RIM over “Single Mailbox Integration” patent.
Here is brief description of the patent:
This is patentable??? It’s so obvious, has anyone heard of IMAP…? How could anyone get a patent for this? Delivery of email regardless of how many mail boxes should NOT be patentable. Software patents are an attack on FOSS, Free Open Source Software. United States patent law gives a distinct advantage to gigantic corporations whom can extort money from smaller companies that are less capitalized and likely to settle. It’s bullshit and it is stifling innovation and competition. The real losers are the citizens of the world, of whom pay a hidden tax in patents and monopolies.