"Software" patents also scare off newcomers to the industry. And these start-up companies are often those that bring revolution to the market. When the PC revolution was just beginning, Microsoft and Apple worked out of basements. Amazon started in a garage. Mark Zuckerberg wrote Facebook from his dorm room.
Yet our patent system is placing a direct barrier to the "next generation" of innovators. Case in point:
App developers withdraw from US as patent fears reach 'tipping point' (The Guardian)
The article focuses on developers outside the US, but does discuss US-based developers:
He told the Guardian that it's "far too dangerous to do business" in the US because of the risk of software patent lawsuits.This is why I believe "software" patents have gotten out of control. We need to reform the US patent system. Again, I urge everyone reading this blog to please contact your Senator or Representative, and ask them to take action. They do listen, but you need to speak up. Call or write today!
But for US-based developers, the problems remain. Craig Hockenberry of Iconfactory, developer of Twitterrific, remarked that "Just when you think things couldn't get any worse, they do and tweeted that "I became an independent developer to control my own destiny. I no longer do". Iconfactory is among those being targeted by Lodsys, but earlier this week was granted a 30-day extension to reply to Lodsys's claim.