Why the Patent System Doesn’t Play Well with Software : If Eolas Went the Other Way | Electronic Frontier Foundation
it seems we’ve had a moment of sanity in the patent wars. Last week, a jury invalidated the dangerous Eolas patents, which their owner claimed covered, well, essentially the whole Internet. (...) The bad news: it came after the patents already caused plenty of damage. Companies large and small have taken licenses from Eolas rather than pay millions to fight in court.