In one graph, Red Hat's deputy general counsel Mark Webbink made it very clear what the relation is between innovation and software patents, this morning in a presentation at LinuxWorld in San Francisco:
The right part of the chart isn't even that relevant, the left really matters. It shows the number of patents that Microsoft filed, R&D spending and revenues.
The point is: Microsoft hardly filed any patents leading up to the launch of Windows 95. The company become a dominant power in the software industry without using any patents.
Please note that the y-axis isn't linear, instead being multiplied by ten per unit, which makes the effect seem more dramatic than it really is.
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