I went to one of those sessions in the UK a while back - organized by the patent office IIRC, and at the end of the session we had a vote on the value of software patents - broadly speaking: "should there be any software patents at all", and it was split 50/50. Then on my demand, we did the vote again, but only the people actually working in IT voted first then the lawyers and other types of trades voted separately. Then the vote was very very different: 90%+ against for the former and 90%+ in favour for the latter group.
I asked for this important difference to be recorded, but I have no doubt that what ended up being recorded in the "executive summary" was: opinions are split in the middle.
They live off litigation (akin to parasites?), no wonder they wanted the scope of patents to be expanded. Why does their opinion even matter, seriously? (not trolling)
The vast majority of those that actually produce goods and services do not want anything to do with it.