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LinuxJournal: Patent Reform Now! Mail USPTO before April 12th!

Apr 04, 2001, 21:00 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Don Marti)

"Only six working days remain until the deadline arrives to submit nominations for the US Patent and Trademark Office's Patent Public Advisory Committee. If you or someone you know has some helpful advice for USPTO and is a US citizen willing to serve, please submit a nomination. A letter and the person's resume is all you need to send. It doesn't take long, and you can do it by e-mail."

"Richard M. Stallman, inventor of notable software innovations including the Emacs editor and the software distribution model "copyleft", is our choice for the committee. Stallman has shown reasoned opposition not only to the current trends of patenting other people's work and trivial new developments, but also to the patentability of mathematical algorithms and business methods. "A serious bio" from his web site is the resume he offers; it summarizes his achievements."

"If you a fan of other patent reform advocates, you might consider nominating one of them instead of, or in addition to, RMS. Lawrence Lessig, Eben Moglen and Tim O'Reilly might all make good committee members. Nominate your favorite. Or if you're ready to help USPTO fix its broken system, get someone to nominate you."

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