Judge Richard Posner isn’t a fan of the current patent system. He recently threw out a patent case between Apple and Motorola in which the two were seeking injunctions against each other, and has criticized many of the companies throwing around random patent lawsuits.
According to him, maybe some industries such as software just shouldn’t have patent protection, saying that these companies are just struggling for survival, and “As in any jungle, the animals will use all the means at their disposal, all their teeth and claws that are permitted by the ecosystem.”
He goes into more detail in his interview with Reuters (via Ars Technica) over why he thinks worrying about patents in technology is a bad idea. He says devices such as smartphones have thousands of patented components and features, and that all it causes is “this proliferation of patents. It’s a problem.”
Posner also believes that the benefit of companies being first to market with a technology exists with or without patents.
You can read the full interview at Reuters.