The Coming Software Patent Apocalypse

Jeff Atwood, back in 2007:

Patents give their owners the right to prevent others from using a claimed invention, even if it was independently developed and there was no copying involved.

Think about that for a minute. Seriously think about it. Every time you write code — even a brand new algorithm in a clean room environment— you could be infringing a patent, somehow, somewhere. That’s why it’s so often described as a software patent minefield.

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