Wednesday, August 31, 2011

How the Patent Wars Are Hurting High-Tech (AAPL, GOOG, MSFT, QCOM)

Patents are as American as mom and apple pie. Maybe more so. Mom and apple pie aren't mentioned in the Constitution.

Patents are such a fundamental part of American economic culture that the Founding Fathers saw fit to address them in the Constitution. But in the software industry, patents may be doing more harm than good -- stifling innovation, hijacking the bottom line, and siphoning shareholder value.

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