I am confuzzled by how software patents work.
It seems that Microsoft takes patents out on a lot of shit. Indeed they even have a patent on the concept of a “taskbar with a start menu”.
But many Linux distros use a very Windows-like UI. And I have seen many example of free software that I would say may “violate” these software patents.
What happens when someone violates a software patent? I can think of a few examples of people that SEEM to be “getting away with it. . .”
Google patents is cool though!