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CNET News: Patent Problems Pester Penguin

Aug 06, 2004, 03:15 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Ravicher)

"The patent system is in crisis--something the former Patent and Trademark Office director himself acknowledged just last year. The system is supposed to encourage technological innovation. Instead, it rewards those who have the knowledge and resources to work it to their advantage. Although many are beginning to recognize the problem, not enough is being done to fix the broken system--to the detriment of software users.

"Most of the free and open-source software community has long known all about this..."

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