Patents: good, bad or necessary?

Dan Bricklin asks What if VisiCalc had been patented?. “My name has been brought up a few times in the last few weeks with regards to software patents.”

Dan’s stance is interesting and pragmatic. Correction was: “He notes in the post that he just received a patent today, applied for in 1996 during the Trellix days.” Should be: “Interland, the company that purchased the Trellix assets, received a patent today for the 1996 Trellix work.” Congrats, Dan. Interland, use it wisely.

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