Is it possible for an independent developer to self-publish software? Even if you crossed your Is and dotted your Ts, documented prior art for every single idea you were conscious, that at least a dozen patents would end up being infringed upon regardless on the nature of the non-trivial-project, even if you went to court and were found innocent the minimum damage is estimated two million, so you can imagine how vulnerable that makes an independent publisher and developer to trolls.
What steps, if any, should an independent developer take in avoiding litigation? It honestly seems impossible at this point. Despite five years of school and ten years of research, I've decided to stop all further development until I find some answers. For the amount of time and research it takes to be successful, the chance of success seems extremely poor.
I've looked at everything I can imagine, from forming an LLC to finding an expired patent or prior art for every idea, but nothing seems to guarantee that I won't lose my house/car/wife/kids etc... Normally I'd be the type to take a risk, but these odds are nothing short of Blackjack in Vegas using a no-limit credit card with a professional dirty dealer.
Over eighty million (EDIT: BILLION) a year in damages to the economy by trolls alone, it's no wonder there are virtually (EDIT: relatively few) no small businesses (and thus few jobs) operating in this sphere.
Is it even possible for us?