Not just software patents. Patents on having your cat chase a laser pointer dot. A million people can come up with the same thing, and not bother to patent it, then one guy decides to patent it, and the other million have to pay him for it? It's ridiculous, because ridiculous things should not be patented. They should have very strict rules on what can be patented, such as a drug, a technical manufacturing process, or a technical device, that's novel. I came up with the same idea, with a playful cat, and later I found out there was a patent. So what, now I'm supposed to negotiate with the intellectual property holder about royalty fees? And he can charge me anything he feels like as back-dues? Couple million dollars for playing with a cat and a laser pointer? Or is the patent office gonna step in and regulate royalty fees now too? How about Microsoft/IBM screwing Gary Killdall out of DOS. Or copying the look and feel of Apple in Windows? Even with patents and intellectual property about them, things get circumvented in an oh, come on, the original guys deserve some credit for their inventions, so to speak. How much money did Gary Killdall get from the Microsoft/IBM gang for DOS? Diddly squat, instead he got killed in a Kain-like jealous style, for wearing a Harley Davidson jacket in a bike bar where that was a nono. Yes, in the US of A there are places where wearing Harley clothes is a big mistake. Really? Is that the best excuse you could come up with to kill him? Was he such a saint, you couldn't find any other fault with him? How about Apple, for creating the visual interface the Windows plain old copied? How much did Apple get paid? Wait, they did get paid by MS around 2000 that rescued them from bankruptcy, in a way to create a sock puppet make believe competition to the government antitrust lawsuit, because a company like Apple was better than Linux as the only other choice for computing, before the rise of pay by the minute or pay by click smart phones, There were a ton of people testifying about gangster practices of Microsoft. So under such circumstances, where the biggest moneymakers make their money by pretty much just raping other people's ideas how do you even claim to have intellectual property protection. You claim intellectual property, the gangsters show up and take it from you, and they forbid you and everyone else from using it. That's all intellectual property is in today's world. We no longer live in the times of Watt, where some kind of decency was expected, in fact even then it had a major retarding effect on the progress of the world. Back in the day you had "secrets." Like the secrets of paper making by Chinese, or porcelain making, that were subsequently rediscovered and duplicated by Europeans too, without paying royalty intellectual property fees to the Chinese over it. And in fact why would they? It was like competition, and whoever can come up with something, or copy it off someone else, go at it as much as you can. Which is what Microsoft does anyway with any new software trend - they killed Netscape dead with Internet Explorer, they dominated Apple's visual interface, Lotus 123, Wordperfect, now they are trying to kill Oracle's Java with Dotnet. Intellectual property? What intellectual property? It's all out competition, copy all ways of doing things that you can. That's what happens anyway, just like back in the day with Chinese porcelain. And what's wrong with such a world?