Daily: Software patents as rent-seeking

Apple has been burned in the past because of patents. This is the reason Apple has been so assiduous in patenting everything it can. The company's zeal for patents is not just an offensive weapon to thwart the like of Samsung but also a defensive weapon to be used to beat back patent suits. We can see this in Apple's recent $386 million patent suit loss to VirnetX over VPN technology. But as software and design patents proliferate in the technology industry, it has to be asked whether these kind...


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