"The world might be a better place if there were fewer but better-quality software patents. The concept of 'quality patents' has attracted much praise, but little meaningful support. Perhaps it is time that changed, says Jeremy Phillips. Regardless of whether you like patents, they exist and businesses make use of them; and that state of affairs annoys many software developers greatly. They claim patents cramp their style and limit their freedom to express themselves through their skill; that patents block their way to market; that they prevent the software industries from developing naturally and that they spawn a cancerous carbuncle, a parasitic profession of patent attorneys that grows rich on the back of their efforts and achievements."