Myhrvold, however, is now regularly writing columns in praise of
the glories of the U.S. patent system, about how technology
companies once ignored patents, and how it’s now coming back to
bite them. Myhrvold, a principal in a patent holding company,
somehow gets treated deferentially, in a way that, say, a hedge
fund manager talking about his largest position wouldn’t be. […]
What we have here, in short, is this: Myhrvold is happy to see
patent portfolios like Nortel’s being bid up because it
increases his own company’s value with its thousands of patents.
This is an arms-dealer applauding the outbreak of hostilities,
meanwhile pointing to people making war-like faces on the
sidelines. (Whoa, watch out for those guys!) This is far, far from
a disinterested observer of a fundamentally broken U.S. software
patent system. Let’s end the deference.