Difference Engine: Obituary for software patents | The Economist

According to The Economist, something may finally be done about “patent trolls,” although I personally don’t agree with the view that no computer software should be patentable.

“AT LAST, it seems, something is to be done about the dysfunctional way America’spatent system works. Two encouraging events over the past week suggest the patent reformers are finally being heard.”

Complete article here.

An interesting piece that credits much of the current patent mess to miscalculations by President Carter in the 1970s.