"Repealing software patents could give a much-needed boost to the tech industry in troubled economic times. Software patents affect all developers, commercial vendors, and open source hobbyists alike. Patents restrict what functionality we can include in our applications, how our programs can interoperate, and how and where they can be deployed. In turn, this affects every computer user, by limiting features, raising prices, and slowing the pace of progress. […] Software patents were a bad idea from the start. They have already been rejected by the European Union, and it's time the United States rejected them, too. Please, Mr. President — think of your BlackBerry."