Another day, another patent atrocity:
"The federal government yesterday took a position against eBay Inc.
in a patent dispute that threatens to shut down one of the online
auction site's popular shopping features.
The Office of the
Solicitor General said in a brief filed with the Supreme Court that
eBay willfully infringed on patents held by Great Falls-based
MercExchange LLC and should be enjoined from using its "Buy It Now"
feature, which allows users to buy goods at fixed prices rather than
compete in auctions. Goods sold using that system account for about a
third of eBay's business."
Unless these laws get fixed no one except the largest companies with their patent cross-licensing agreements will be able to stay in business.
You can read the article here.