His major points, as I saw them were:
- Software ideas patents make development hard, particularly for small development groups
- They help big mega corporations, often at the expense of the small development group
- They hinder progress (exactly opposite to their intention)
- Patent lawyers are the only ones who really make money from the system
I was converted. Power to the man. My little role in the issue now includes informing as many people as I know about the destructive potential that software ideas patents have. Particularly to developers who typically just don't know.
Listen up kids, software idea patents are bad, mmmkay?