Sorry, there's no proof that software development would stop if software
patents didn't exist.
And given the early development of software in an
environment with far less - to none - of software patents, there's plenty to
show software development would continue.
Additionally, it should
continue to accellerate so long as Monopolistic practices are not allowed to
prevent that increased development rate - such as allowing Microsoft to prevent
smartphones from being smarter by levering their position to get
competitors/partners to agree to such terms as:
The competitor/partner may
not implement advances that does not exist in Microsoft's own product.
is how Microsoft effectively killed the notebook market.
granting even more Monopoly Power is not the way to keep software development
moving as quickly as it has been.
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