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However, since the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) admits to not understanding software

Makes you wonder why nobody has yet attacked the problem from that angle. If the USPTO indeed admits to not understanding the patents that they issue, then all these patents are by definition invalid. It's like holiding a contract in your hands signed by someone who isn't contractually capable (try and sell a car to a 5-year old one, for example).

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If you read the entire article, you see Corel is suing Microsoft for patent infringement, so Microsoft is patenting a bunch of crap and suing them back.

 

Alot of patent usage, apart from the trolls, is MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) patent usage: Sue me with your stupid patents, and I'll sue you with my stupid patents.

 

With patents, it's partly numerical advantage. Attack them with 20 patents, and maybe the judge will strike down half of them, but you still win. The major companies basically try to encourage a cold-war approach between each other, and a mafia-shakedown approach to newcomers to get a cut of their profits (e.g. both Apple and Microsoft take a cut of all Android sales. Microsoft makes more off of Android sales from Samsung and Google and others, then Microsoft makes off of their own Windows phones).

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