The hero we need. Working around Bitpay invalid payment QR codes.
BitPay's invalid payment codes are a good example of "Embrace, Extend and Extinguish". They use their market position to impose a standard that breaks other company's software, whilst favouring their "partners" who are more correctly called collaborators. twitter.com/SamouraiWallet…
Once a company does this, they quietly insert software covered by a Patent they own later, forcing every business that needs their users to be able to pay to their proprietary format to pay them a royalty every time it executes. This is why open standards are so important.
Thankfully today, everyone can see this coming, and they immediately release solutions that cut off the flow of blood to these bad companies. Everyone is sensitive to this, and true Bitcoiners are deeply philosophical on the development side. This is not like the pre Linux days.
If your business strategy involves Patents, you are unethical. Your business model should be predicated only on serving others, not on using State baced violence to force people to pay you. Inserting violence into business models is EXACTLY what Software Patents do.
Bearing all of this in mind, who is boasting that they have many Patents that they are applying for? "Fake Satoshi", the liar Craig Wright. If his plagiarized White Papers are anything to go by, his Patent applications will be challenged, found to be Prior Art, and then rejected.