"I am not a general proponent of software patents. In fact, I don't even think the term has a clear meaning, so it would be hard to advocate for them.'
Smirk. Yeah this is the argument used by people who are the strongest proponents for software patents; it seeks to beg the entire issue off as a non-issue and in so doing, close off the subject once and for all.
"Hey, there is no such thing as software patents. So how can there be talk about *banning* them?"
Let me help you out.
Even if you don't *believe* in them as you say, you are still quite well aware of what other people mean when they ask you if you're for them or against them.
So if anyone asks you for your position, just say you're 100% for them. That way we all understand each other.
I am amused looking over your lists of reason why you say you're against Apple's version of Amazon's "one-click-patent", "slide-to-unlock". All your objections amount to this particular patent failing to live up to the purported raison d'etre of any patent- to promote the useful arts and sciences.
But in making this argument against this patent, you silently assume- without proof- that ALL software patents don't also fail this test.
Its not for nothing that the vast, vast majority of software developers believe they do fail this crucial test, that they in fact impede progress instead of encourage it.
That ought to fairly settle the case as to whether they should be permitted or not- the people who are purported to be *encouraged* by them experience them to be a demotivating, depressing waste of time, energy and resources and want them taken out into the woods and shot in the back of the head.
Yet for some rea$on, the proponents of $oftware patent$ think the aggregate opinion of the experts and practitioners in the field which is effected by these court decisions should be ignored.
And whose opinion should be substituted for the actual practitioner's?
The class of people who are in favor of software patents are executives of corporations, a few ideologically motivated think tanks, IP lawyers and of course trolls, like our dear friend Myron:
If I ever wanted to throw a party for a group people who have more than earned their reputations as entities antagonistic to the long term good and general welfare of society, I'd be sure all of the above's names were on the invite list.
Study after study has found that software patents neither promote technological progress in the field nor generate economic benefit except as instruments of monopolies for specific companies, and then that benefit is only to that company, and not to the consumer or even the economy as a whole.
On a personal note, I have to say I especially enjoy seeing software patents vigorously defended in *certain* IP lawyers' blogs. Aside from the brain dead arguments presented with a 5th grader's vocabulary, and their presentation of "studies" from "reputable" sources like, oh, The Chamber of Commerce, the pictures these lawyers have up of themselves - bloated, jaws agape, vacuous looks on their faces, lead me to quite expect I'll be seeing them featured in a near-future episode of 48 Hours, identified as the person of interest in this week's Cocaine/Stripper Murder Mystery.
But maybe that's just my impression.
Well then, getting back on point... software patents are a net drain on the economy and the entities who benefit from them nothing but economic parasites as demonstrated by virtually any serious academic who takes up the issue: