ArsTechnica: Linux Defenders to protect open source from patent suits
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Date: 12 Dec 2008 12:45
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Summary:
In order to avoid getting embroiled in messy and expensive patent disputes, many companies have taken to filing for defensive patents. Companies now have a tendency to patent everything they do, even if they never intend to enforce the patent; instead, their intellectual property portfolios exist in part to protect them from being sued by anyone else. This approach doesn't necessarily sit well with the open source community, which lacks a single umbrella organization to file for patents, and is populated by many individuals who don't feel that software should be subject to patenting. Today saw the launch of a group that aims to protect open source projects from patent disputes both by formally establishing prior art and by participating in patent peer review.
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