I have read countless articles on the subject of how patents only help
big business. Exactly as predicted, the largest companies are entering
into mass cross licensing deals to establish a mutual safe-haven at the
top. This establishes an effective shield against disruptive
technologies from smaller companies. Because so many patents are
inapporpriately granted on obvious and/or long standing technologies,
independent software developers and open source projects are at risk of
being extorted out of existence. It is a classic example of an
Check out this article
at news.com entitled Microsoft - licensed to deal.
There is a minor glimmer of hope. There is an effort to hold back the darkness in Europe. Check out http://nosoftwarepatents.com/en/m/intro/index.html.