"Thomas Klein took the legal view, but his claim has a strong business case as well. In a patents war, the startup is weak, and is constantly getting weaker. The larger companies have become patent machines. IBM is proud of its patent portfolio, and the fact that they produce patents at a rate of 10 a day. With such an extensive arsenal of patents, backed by unlimited legal funds – what chances are left for the VC backed company? This is like the US going to war against Micronesia."