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They are a granted monopoly, you pay the filing fee whether it is accepted or not hence the gov't has no liability. Look at making gold illegal for examples of how the gov't can drastically devalue your assets with no recourse.



The government can indeed devalue or even confiscate your assets if it wants to. The problem is that legislators have no interest in pissing off well-heeled companies that can contribute billions to their opponents when the only people opposed to software patents are a few programmers and policy wonks with a whole lot less money than the companies that own the patents.

Also, keep in mind that lawyers tend to be much more politically connected than programmers.


The government can indeed devalue or even confiscate your assets if it wants to. The problem is that legislators have no interest in pissing off well-heeled companies that can contribute billions to their opponents when the only people opposed to software patents are a few programmers and policy wonks with a whole lot less money than the companies that own the patents.


The government is immune to lawsuit, hence it never has liability.




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