Re: A winrar is you!
Sorry, but you make it sound too simple. Back in time and very back in our mind a patent is given to somebody who has INVENTED something new. Back then this inventor had to produce a working model of some sort and his invention was scrutinized. A inventor was allowed to monetize his invention for a number of years, and that was OK and fair.
Patents of to day (especially software patents) are granted without any scrutiny and without any test of "prior art" or anything, for anybody who is willing to pay the patent office.
The problem is that you have to prove, yourself, that you are innocent (Russian Law) if somebody accuses you of breaking his patent. To day only big companies have the money to play this game. For the small guy who was supposed to get some shelter behind his patent there are absolutely no chance for survival to day.
The patent system (even if needed) is totally broken. Efforts are seen to mend it, both in the USA and the EU, but it is a slow progress, still a shamble. One could think of patents to day (IT) as a group of four to five guys sitting around a table with their patent cards in their hands, playing a patent game, sometimes just bluffing, sometimes exchanging cards, sometimes trying together to bust somebody out of the table. But always, the main concern is to let nobody new enter the table.
Understandable, perhaps, but newer the original goal of patents.
And as always, speaking of patents, copyright is often forgotten, although, often a better solution.