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

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

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As a subject, it's just too arcane
19 votes
People believe in and cherish the myth of the lone inventor
19 votes
The traditional view of patents is too deeply entrenched
10 votes
Powerful interests prefer the status quo
63 votes
The political system is dysfunctional
26 votes

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.