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NewsForge: OSAPA Initiative Will Combat Unworthy Software Patents

May 25, 2006, 10:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The elusive open source prior art repository--attempted by several, failed at by all. What makes the Open Source as Prior Art (OSAPA) initiative, championed by OSDL, IBM, and others such as SourceForge.net, and announced by the USPTO Office in January, likely to succeed where others have failed? The answer can be found in the timely confluence of pressures on the different stakeholders, combined with an approach that leverages the existing resources and strengths of the open source community.

"In theory, a prior art repository would be a central, comprehensive resource housing a vast amount of source code, information, and abstracts documenting the functionality of free and open source software in a way that could be searched by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to locate potentially relevant prior art..."

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