The radio show This American Life has put together two excellent shows on software patents, which I highly encourage you to listen to. [Keep in mind that one of the components of your grade in this course is posting to or commenting on posts in this course blog, so you should always have your eye out for interesting material that inspires, provokes or intrigues you in some way.]
441: When Patents Attack!
Why would a company rent an office in a tiny town in East Texas, put a nameplate on the door, and leave it completely empty for a year? The answer involves a controversial billionaire physicist in Seattle, a 40 pound cookbook, and a war waging right now, all across the software and tech industries.
A follow-up to the first Patents Attack episode was aired in May of this year: