Summary: A common patent battleground for Android and Linux opponents is on the edge of putting an end to this chaos
In the German Parliament Bundestag a motion is pending review and backed by all relevant political groups (except the left fringe party Die Linke). It concerns the need to better draw the line between the spheres of patentable inventions and of copyrightable data processing. A legal clarification of patent law is sought to prevent an unwanted expansion of its material scope. The intergroup motion has been translated to English by an association for small and medium sized software companies.
Several years ago Microsoft used a German court to legitimise FAT patents which would later be at the centre of anti-Linux extortion even in Europe, e.g. TomTom.
More recently Apple too was using Germany to get Linux/Android banned (with only limited success). In the US, Apple may be facing a ban after suing Samsung (also in Germany) and facing blowback. Here is Apple collecting more controversial patents on software. No changes after the death of Steve Jobs, not even technological advancements. █