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Open Source Developers Must Chart Clear Defense in the Patent Wars

Nov 07, 2007, 19:45 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dean Drako)

"The United States patent and legal system has turned into a battlefield where companies and technology developers can be attacked. Open source and free software developers have historically ignored this secondary battlefield, focusing instead on the primary battlefield of development and proliferation of their project. This omission leaves open source projects and individual developers vulnerable to patent infringement lawsuits. By creating its own defensive patent portfolio as commercial companies do, the open source community can arm itself for this battle.

"The U.S. patent system is fundamentally outdated. The twenty-year patent protection rule, while potentially appropriate in an industry such as biotech, is not appropriate for the software industry..."

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