Since it about five million US to protect your company against a single software patent lawsuit:
and acquiring them, at 15K and up per, is also beyond the means of most software developers: ahref=http://www.managingip.com/Article/2089405/Cost-and-duration-of-patent-litigation.htmlrel=url2html-1759http://www.managingip.com/Article/2089405/Cost-and-duration-of-patent-litigation.html > and because doing so is no guarantee of of being able to participate in a M.A.D. standoff with a larger corporation, the question presents itself: are software developers merely share croppers for the 1% who can afford to engage in patent warfare?
If you can't afford to participate in the economic ecosystem except as paid labor, or if you're forced to supplicate yourself to the super wealthy in order to sell your own goods and services, in what sense are software developers "free" in any jurisdiction where software patents are permitted?
Is this a clear example of the top 1% creating laws which favor themselves while excluding the bottom 99% from economic participation.. of pulling the ladder up behind them?
Should start-ups simply withdraw their products from jurisdictions where software patents are recognized?"
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