Patents were developed to encourage openness in the innovation space and to protect inventors. Unfortunately, startups frequently face abusive patent litigation by “patent trolls” — companies that take advantage of a broken software patent system and operate by collecting fees on software patent licenses, instead of making products and contributing to technological innovation. Meanwhile, new distribution technologies are making it easier for anyone to reach a broad audience, which is why we need balanced copyright laws that allow these new technologies and their creators to succeed.

 

Patents Primer