I went to a consultation/workshop by the UK government on patents.
At the end of the session, they asked who was in favour or software patents and who was not. The split was about 50/50. Then, on my demand, we separated the responses by trade: the lawyer-types vs IT people.. Then it was more like 90/10 and 10/90.
I don't understand why the government was seeing them as being part of the "creative IT industry", when in the vast majority of cases they are just leeching.