Why hasn't patent reform (especially for software) become a bigger political issue before now?

Posted 02 Aug 2011 by 

Colin Dodd (Red Hat)
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As a subject, it's just too arcane
14% (19 votes)
People believe in and cherish the myth of the lone inventor
14% (19 votes)
The traditional view of patents is too deeply entrenched
7% (10 votes)
Powerful interests prefer the status quo
46% (63 votes)
The political system is dysfunctional
19% (26 votes)
Total votes: 137

With a recent op-ed in the Economist and a segment on NPR's Planet Money, it seems as if an awareness of the high cost of the outmoded, traditional patent system is finally creeping into the mainstream.

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