Software patents protect innovation? I’ve a bridge for sale

The former President and CEO of Sun Microsystems, Jonathan Schwartz, has written an interesting piece on patent racketeering Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Steal. The comments are well worth a read as well. If you think software patents encourage innovation (overall) then I have a bridge to sell you. Software patents are not only wrong, wrong, wrong … they don’t even achieve what they set out to. On a less serious note, I liked this quote from a comment:

(deep voice here) It’d be a shame if that pretty idea got into a legal “accident”.(end voiceover)

[Follow-up 31/3/2010]
Thumbs down for software patents in NZ – Thank goodness. So far, so good.