"The most novel feature of the new program, to be known as Linux
Defenders, will be its call to independent open-source software
developers all over the world to start submitting their new
software inventions to Linux Defenders (Web site due to be
operational Tuesday) so that the group's attorneys and engineers
can, for no charge, help shape, structure, and document the
invention in the form of a "defensive publication."
"Linux Defenders will then also see to it that the publication,
duly attributing authorship of the invention to the developer who
submitted it, is filed on the IP.com Web site, a database used by
the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and other patent examiners
throughout the world when they are trying to determine whether a
proposed patent is truly novel, as any patentable invention is
supposed to be."