Ideologically diverse commentators are in agreement that today's patent system harms both innovation and competition.
The Economist headlines 'Patents Against Prosperity'.
Kevin Drum at Mother Jones rails against patent overreach as well.
Congress is still bought and paid for by the patent industry - but could we at least be witnessing a grass roots convergence against patent overreach from both sides of the political spectrum? If we could at least get a consensus to explicitly ban software and business method patents, that would be a start on desperately needed reforms.
I think what we are seeing here is a potential start of the start...which in and of itself is a start.