This will never end.
Palo Alto Research Center has filed for a patent on Aspect Oriented Programming
(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.....