I've worked at smaller companies that started to make good money. Suddenly boom, patent trolls left and right. No lawsuits, but a lot of money was wasted negotiating with lawyers and eventually paying the most likely to go to court, because going to court is a huge expense for a small company. So no, there's not that many court cases because the whole system is so fucked up it's too damn expensive to fight back against bullshit extortion.
It's not exactly a patent version of the GPL (which has its own problems of enforceability), but at least it's a start. Next step is to make the agreement enforceable by someone with a reliable interest in getting rid of software patents altogether.
OK, where do I have to apply for immigration?
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