Former MS programmer assails software patents

"Anyone who supports software patents should hold up a good one and explain how it is actually unique and yet an idea that only one company should own," writes After the Software Wars author and former Microsoft programmer Keith Curtis. "If we outlawed software patents, the pace of progress in software would increase, the squatters and their lawyers would disappear, legal uncertainties surrounding software technology would decrease, and there would still be many other motivations to write software." Commentary