It seemed to start off slowly but now the trend is gaining momentum – lawsuits over patents in tech are everywhere and its tough to make decisions which are best for your company when you aren’t sure if the products and services you are purchasing are infringing on the patents of others.
I must say that when the number of stories of tech patents gets to the dizzying level we are seeing today, it isn’t good for anyone. Well except lawyers of course. Sure it is great to protect peoples’ inventions but at the same time there are some very silly patents out there which are being used to “extort” money out of companies who have successfully put together a suite of products and services consumers want.
Solving the problem is beyond the scope of this entry but to get an idea of what set me off take a look at some recent stories in the patent space: