Linux Today: Linux News On Internet Time.

technocrat.net: A combined defensive/offensive software patent strategy

Jan 01, 2000, 16:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gregor N. Purdy)

"As long as the current PTO stance remains uncorrected, more and more simple and obvious software "innovations" will become patented. This threatens to limit the effectiveness of the free software and open source software communities. It is widely agreed that the PTO policies must be changed as soon as possible. However, if the past is any guide to the future, any correction to this will take a long time. Therefore, while pursuing a correction to the policies and practices of the PTO is vital, we should be looking for ways to relieve some pain in the interim."

"I suggest that we seek out "Angels" in companies that are making money from free software, such as Red Hat and VA Linux, and via fundraising through LPF and GNU to fund a legal entity that will file for and defend patents with automatic free license granting similar to the provisions of the GPL."

Complete story.