And with that begins the long discussion about tweaking the system that leads absolutely nowhere. That's why abolition is worth aiming for.
And as for the remark about IBM using patents against SCO and the implication that this was a good thing, I regarded this as extremely distasteful at the time and continue to do so. Asserting patents against SCO had nothing to do with the subject of the lawsuit nor added any legitimacy to the eventual outcome.
Unlike all the people punching the air and cheering on IBM unconditionally, that incident leaves a bitter taste behind. It may be human nature to pick a "good guy" and then accept poor behaviour from them if it works in your favour, but the euphoria lasts only until the "good guy" tries the same stunt against you or a cause you care about.