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Another Ridiculous Number From The Patent Wars : Planet Money : NPR

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"Here's another interesting data point we just came across: Roughly 40,000 software patents are issued every year."

Here's the heart of the issue:

"The sad thing for large companies is billions of dollars is being diverted from running your business," said Mulligan. "Small companies can't even play this game."

It's becoming an increasingly toxic environment for startups to compete in.

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