"An announcement is scheduled to be made by the U.S. Patent and
Trademark Office (PTO) today that offers hope for improvement in a
patent system that most believe fails to properly serve the
software industry in general, and the open source community in
"Elements of the announcement appear in stories by Martin
LaMonica at CNET.News.com and by John Markoff at the New York Times
Website, and describe three new private sector-PTO initiatives that
are intended to help prevent software patents from issuing that
have been 'anticipated by prior art...'"
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