InformationWeek: Linux Defenders: A Little Help From Our Friends
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 15 Dec 2008 13:16
Number of posts: 1
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Summary:
The newest chapter in the ongoing saga of patents-and-Linux tackles the whole issue from an entirely new direction: empowering the process of prior art discovery. It's a smart approach, especially since real patent reform is still years to decades away. To be honest, I expected something like this to spring up in some form or another -- and what's striking is how the idea I'd batted around resembles what the Linux Defenders folks are doing. I'd considered something along the lines of a social-information / Wikipedia-like site, where people could look at dubious patent filings and tag them with prior art references -- either previous patent filings or real-world examples.
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