Should we eliminate software patents altogether?
Gary Becker thinks so:
"In narrowing the type of innovations that are patentable, one can start by eliminating the patenting of software. Disputes over software patents are among the most common, expensive, and counterproductive. Their exclusion from the patent system would discourage some software innovations, but the saving from litigation costs over disputed patent rights would more than compensate the economy for that cost. Moreover, some software innovations would be encouraged because the inability to patent software will eliminate uncertainty over whether someone else with a similar patent will sue and do battle in the courts."
On Reforming the Patent System -Becker: http://www.becker-posner-blog.com/2013/07/on-reforming-the-patent-system-becker.html
Imagine what this could do for free and open source software!
(Edited by Helen Foster to fix broken link - original submission Tuesday, 23 July 2013, 6:11 PM)