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Listen to NPR's This American Life podcast "When Patent's Attack" a great piece of reporting on the scourge of the patent trolls, their impact on companies and innovation, and what's going on with the cookbook developers at Intellectual Ventures. The reporting has an interesting spin on the current Lodsys attacks on Apple and Android app developers.
It's worth a listen.
Then have a look at the RICO laws.