November 15, 2004 · Lessig
In 1991, according to The Patent Wars by Fred Warshofsky, Bill Gates said this about software patents:
If people had understood how patents would be granted when most of today�s ideas were invented and had taken out patents, the industry would be at a complete standstill today. The solution . . . is patent exchanges . . . and patenting as much as we can. . . . A future start-up with no patents of its own will be forced to pay whatever price the giants choose to impose. That price might be high: Established companies have an interest in excluding future competitors.
Thirteen years later, according to Brad Stone of Newsweek, Microsoft alum Nathan Myhrvold is putting this insight into action.