fresh quote from latest ComputerWorlda, from article authored by Lech Bury, general director for PATPOL Patent Attorneys Company:

Patenting inventions (including those from IT) is good for the economy as a whole and that includes consumers as well (sic!). It is also beneficial for creative individuals. On the other hand, the patent system is certainly disadvantageous for ordinary imitators who stay in the market by using someone else’s ideas (sic!).

i get the impression that some people are capable of doing anything for the money. just like that.