Google’s lashing out at competitors over patent claims has set off another round of discussion about the role and value of software patents (be sure to read Microsoft’s response). It’s an issue that lawyers and technologists have been discussing for a long time.

The nuances of such a debate are beyond the capabilities of a simple poll such as this one, but just to gauge the community’s response to the issue, we’re asking you: is it time to end software patents?

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