Groklaw: Analysis on Balance - Standardisation and Patents - by Georg Greve, President, FSFE
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Date: 03 Dec 2008 16:47
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Summary:
This paper provides an analysis of the interaction of patents and standards and finishes with some concrete proposals to address the most pressing issues. It was written under the assumption of very little background knowledge, and therefore provides some of the background necessary to understand the issue. An expert in the field should be able to skip the Background section. [...] Software patents have been a hugely controversial debate, with lines of battle drawn primarily between large corporations holding large patent portfolios and engaged in multiple cross-licensing deals, and the Have-Nots, entrepreneurs, small and medium enterprises, and software users from the student using GNU/Linux all the way to institutional users in governments.
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