To try to add some more constructive criticism of that "opposing view"...
Junk Patents: "Unless you have a good patent, you will not get the money."
That is often not the objective. Since investors won't touch a new company with an IP claim against them, it can be used to bully startups and close down competition, which is payment itself.
Stifling Innovation: "Large companies like Microsoft who are the principal proponents of the Patent Reform Bill tend to primarily use their patents defensively"
I would cite Microsoft's use of a universally agreed "junk patent" on FAT against TomTom as a prime example of why both those assertions are false.
An "offensive" act against a vulnerable company that was inconveniently proving Linux as a viable platform for market-leading embedded devices.
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