It is estimated that there are currently 100,000 software patents inexistence, according to Gregory Aharonian, editor of the InternetPatent News Service and Bustpatents.com, quoted last month in Baseline.Kevin Forgarty's article
provides a glimpse of the mayhem that patent litigation has unleashed on the industry so far.
Some readers have responded to our blogs on the impending sale of 39 Web services-related patents this December 6th
,wondering why software isn't covered under copyright laws, which ismore suitable for this type of intellectual property. Until this quirkin our laws is ironed out, we need vendors to support industry effortsto pool resources and buy critical code to forestall legalshenanigans. Vendors that really
believe in openness, of course, and not just preach it.