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Post Judge who threw out Apple/Moto case calls patent litigants "animals"

Judge Richard Posner, who recently threw out an entire patent lawsuit involving Apple and Motorola, has been nothing if not outspoken on the wildly busy US patent litigation system. In an interview published today by Reuters, he calls patent litigants animals struggling for survival and suggests that some industries'perhaps including software'shouldn't have patent protection at all.

"It's a constant struggle for survival," Posner told Reuters in his chambers at the US Court of Appeals in Chicago. "As in any jungle, the animals will use all the means at their disposal, all their teeth and claws that are permitted by the ecosystem."

While Posner said the pharmaceutical industry has a decent claim to patents because of the huge investment it takes to create drugs, he added that advances in software and other industries are less costly. The benefit companies get from being first to market would exist even if software patents didn't. Smartphones are particularly problematic because they have thousands of patented components and features, he said.

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