Software Patents: the Investor's and Venture Capitalist's perspective

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Investors appreciate certificates that promise them a monopoly position. However such promises are often unreliable, based on expensive card houses, and the presence of patents in a field raises the risks associated with investments in that field. Thus the comments from the investor circles on software patents are rather diverse, ranging from press releases of unknown start-ups boasting about monopoly positions which they of course deservedly earned due to their enormous R&D investments, to standard formulas in SEC filings by which giant corporations deplore their fragility in view incaclulable patent risks.

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