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Inprise Developer News: Y2K: the beginning of the end?

Nov 08, 1999, 22:57 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Juancarlo AƱez)

"Will open source software development be smothered by the patents avalanche or help to end it?..."

"Aren't patent registration and enforcement just business as usual? Doesn't the owner of a patent have the right to exercise it at will? Yes, of course. But the issues related to this news are not about the patent system per se. They revolve around the questionable validity of specific patents and their effect on software development in general -- and especially, perhaps, the development of open source software."

"According to the text of most patent legislation, the main purpose of the patent system is not to protect inherent, abstract rights, but to enhance the common good by promoting the advancement of the arts and sciences. The system works like this: The government grants inventors legal monopolies over specific inventions and helps enforce the monopolies. In return, inventors agree to publish the details of their inventions and relinquish control over the inventions after a specified period of time."

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