Of course, advocates of the program disagree. They point out that software patents are disproportionately responsible for the recent rise of patent litigation. The fact that technology startups almost inevitably face patent threats is itself a significant disincentive for innovation. So it’s far from clear that subjecting software patents to greater scrutiny would be bad for innovation.
Thanks to Microsoft and IBM, a software patent reform that included fighting so called “patent trolls” who advocate low quality software patents was killed. Microsoft and IBM are some of the leaders in software patents and would obviously be effected by this reform. Their excuse is that it would stifle innovation from up and coming software companies. This obviously goes against Richard Stallman and his view on how software should be distributed and owned, and I’m with him on this one.