The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to consider whether computer software should continue to receive patent protection. Perhaps unsurprisingly, industry giant IBM has written a brief to the Court arguing in favor of maintaining patent protection for software.
One factor that may weigh in favor of doing away with software patents is the likely demise of patent troll litigation. We previously discussed the implications of patent troll litigation for small businesses here. Eliminating, or at least reducing, patent troll litigation would be advantageous for the industry and businesses on the whole.
Another argument in favor of ending use of software patents is that it would encourage innovation and help small businesses. For more discussion on the pros and cons of software patents and their viability in today’s market, click here.