Software patents underlie a novel open source business model (video)
Posted by: Anonymous
on March 30, 2008 03:34 PM
Patent the idea of a mouse trap and the world will beat a path to your door...
Of course in this scenario the quality of your mouse trap (or even an actual mousetrap) is irrelevant. No problem seeing why some people want to patent ideas. What is more problematic is proving that patented ideas improve our lot in life. I doubt that ideas become more ubiquitous when they are patented than when they are not so all that is being done is extracting money for something we would have any way. Next step, patents on breathing air.