NetworkWorld: Linux Defenders organize to fight patent trolls
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 03 Feb 2009 22:46
Number of posts: 1
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Summary:
Defensive publications, which are endorsed by the USPTO as an IP rights management tool, are documents that provide descriptions and artwork of a product, device or method so that it enters the public domain and becomes prior art upon publication. This powerful preemptive disclosure prevents other parties from obtaining a patent on a product, device or method that is known though not previously patented. It enables the original inventor to ensure access to the invention across the community by preventing others from later making patent claims on it. These efforts can serve as models for the entire high-technology industry to marshal our intellectual resources to stop abuse of the patent system. It’s time to organize to fight the trolls.
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