This will never end. 

Palo Alto Research Center has filed for a patent on Aspect Oriented Programming

http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=/netahtml/%20srchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=6,467,086.WKU.&OS=PN/6,467,086&RS=PN/%206,467,086

(beware of browser wrap on the link)

This reminds me of the SF story where a celebrity freezes herself and wakes up in the future to discover that while she was frozen a large conglomerate has patented her genome and in effect owns her body. She is granted a temporary license to use it, provided of course that she cooperates with them.....