Software patents: eventually giving the edge to the third world?
I have a background in science (a degree in Physics), and appreciate the open sharing of knowledge. In today's techno-culture, increasingly, knowledge is encoded in software systems. I believe in both commercial and open source software - we need to encourage both.
I believe that this trend of stifling innovation will damage our long term economic strength, but I am not sure what to do about it except for writng the occasional letter to my Congress persons.
I saw on Slashdot this morning that the city of Munich is concerned that patent laws might cripple open source development - unfortunately, they are probably right.