"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..."