I don’t think that software patents are need to be an evil thing. However, when companies use this vehicle to patent the insanely obvious and then claim it as their “innovation” my blood just boils.
Take for example KAM Industrieswho make software to control model train sets. They were awarded patents for their “innovation” of sending messages from a client to a server. Following this, they attempted to assert their “rights” over some guy who wrote software to do a similar task and released it for free.
Follow the rest here, I’m too stunned to summon the words.