This week’s “This American Life” podcast “When Patents Attack” was a fascinating inside look at patent trolling, and the mysterious, yet litigious company known as Intellectual Ventures. Warning: listening to it will make you want to punch somebody.
The show had such an impact on me that when I came home from work, I had to script this ‘toon above as my response. Patent filing has gotten incredibly ridiculous over the years, to the point where companies make a go of sitting on IP (without developing the idea), in hopes that they can sue other companies that develop similar ideas.
This is a hot-bed topic in tech right now, particularly with the rise of Lodsys and their recent raft of IP lawsuits.
Do you feel that IP protection has gotten out of control? Should software patents exist, and if so, should there be a limited window before the patent expires? Share your thoughts and concerns in the comments below!