Heise: Linux Defender - A new free initiative to protect open source software
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 12 Dec 2008 13:00
Number of posts: 1
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Summary:
Today, Tuesday, 9th of December, a consortium of technology companies, has launched a new initiative designed to protect open source software against aggressive patents. Called Linux Defenders the new, free, service provides a group of engineers and lawyers who will help shape, structure, and document new open source software inventions in the form of a "defensive publication". Linux defenders then submit this "defensive publication" to the IP.com web site, which is a database used by patent examiners when they are evaluating patent applications for true novelty. Defensive publishing of this type is a pre-emptive measure against those who file, often unsound, patents based on already available information, purely for profit.
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