Prior art won't solve the software patent problem

Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Sep 15, 2006 2:59 PM EDT
NewsForge; By Richard Stallman
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The Open Source Development Lab (OSDL) has a project to educate the US Patent Office about ideas already known ("prior art") so as to prevent issuance of "poor quality" software patents which would cover those known ideas. It works by annotating free software packages in free software repositories so that ideas in them can be found more easily. It sounds like a good thing because the problems are hidden. The GNU Project does not participate in the project, and you should think twice about it too.

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