said by sonicmerlin:
Which is why the US patent system is horribly broken. Billions upon billions in corporate capital wasted in hoarding patents to defend oneself. Software patents have caused so much waste in US business it's enough to make you depressed.
Silliness. You make it sound like the "billions upon billions" were flushed into a black hole and disappeared. Economics is all about moving money around, and wherever it ended up it was used for something.