"Why is that important? Well, because independently of all the legal argy-bargy that software patents generate, the economics of software patents is unequivocal: they are a disaster. In aggregate, more money is spent litigating software patents than is earned through licensing them. Actually, that's not just for software: pharmaceutical patents are the only ones that can be justified on purely economic grounds – moral issues are quite another matter. In other words, software patents offer no economic benefit to the computer industry as a whole."