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PC Pro: Who Benefits from IBM and the USPTO's Open Bid to Up Patent Quality?

Jan 12, 2006, 23:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Whipp)

"The US Patent and Trademark Office's announcement yesterday that it is to team up with major open-source vendors, the Open Source Development Labs and VA Software's SourceForge.net, to launch initiatives to improve patent quality, looks shiny and positive on the face of it.

"The open-source community has been one of the strongest critics of software patents, and in particular some of the more dubious patents issued by the USPTO. So any involvement it can get in fixing things at the USPTO is to be welcomed..."

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