> How can you judge how much of the current investment level is due
> to the existence of [software] patents, and therefore how much would
> be lost if software patents were eliminated?
A large percentage of the people on this list are software developers.
I suspect there are several hundred years experience in the field (I
account for about 20 of them). Does anyone here really think that
investment in software companies is due to software patents? I doubt
it strongly. Software patents are sand in the gears of progress, not
grease. I think even supporters or agnostics to the idea would agree
that they played little or no positive role in the industry.
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