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LinuxPlanet: New Project Hopes to Quell EU Open Source Patent Concerns

Nov 08, 2004, 16:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

"Borrowing a concept from a very popular open source site, Open Source Risk Management (OSRM) has launched a study today that's designed to assess whether current European laws regarding technology patents actually do what they're supposed to and protect true innovation rather than corporate interests.

"The study, according to Daniel Egger, Founder and Chairman of OSRM, is an integral part of addressing what he feels are the growing concerns many software developers and open source end users have regarding patent litigation.

"OSRM will host the project at Grokline.net. There, the project will help to trace the technical history and identify the inventors of key Open Source technologies, and determine whether the European Patent Office (EPO) has accurately granted patents to the true inventors. Results will be posted to Grokline and presented to the newly elected European Parliament in early 2005..."

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