"Whitmeyer notes that patents present a potential problem for startups and other technology companies. “The uncertainty can be a problem for everyone,” he says. In general, there has been a backlash against certain business method and software patents. “It’s going to be a bit more of a hurdle for pure business method patents not tied to specific articles of manufacture or transformation of something tangible. But it’s not clear what it all means and may not be for a while.” "