Patents in software
ridiculous. You have copyright and no one can patent logic, that is the crucial thing here, all computers are built on logic, no one can discover logic or engineer logic it just exists. Copyright is all that is needed for software.
To be honest, Patents as a whole need to go, and soon they will, China tends to ignore them for their home markets, and frankly everything is going their way. Remember their culture far exceeds ours and the only thing holding them back was a complete disregard for their past, and that is changing. The real gems of Chinese culture and learning is in their old arts and they are just to come bang up to date with them.
We need to transit Patents, and we should be looking at only allowing limited patents per person. Patents are really just toxic debt to a society, we need to remove a lot of them and let people create things.
It is the exchange of money for creations that moves money through a system. And don't think for one moment people will stop inventing, if anything more will, you can still keep ideas secret, and work on them to produce something in time for market, and other mechanisms can be used to protect an idea if funding is required and the idea has to be shown.
All the Patent does is claim an idea, someone may have had that idea before or found it after without influence, but the patent stops these innovations and is being misused against innovation, when the original intention was to support innovation.
Patents need to change, and change fast.