The Electronic Frontier Foundation has created The Patent Busting Project to fight these questionable patents. Several patents granted in the past few years have been used, primarily by groups of lawyers, to generate revenue in the form of license fees. These fees do not go to reseach or improved technology, but merely to profit. They also limit advances in technology, and waste productive time.
While I recognize the need for companies to protect their technology – I am an inventor of record in several patents myself – it is unreasonable to allow patents to stifle creativity. I sincerely hope that the EFF is successful in changing how the Patent Office grants such broad patents.