FFII: FFII and EPO announce "Binaries-As-Prior-Art"
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Date: 01 Apr 2009 10:18
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After years of confidential work, the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII) today announce a radical way to improve software patent quality: Binaries-As-Prior-Art, or BAPA. BAPA combines a database of billions of compiled computer programs ("binaries") with a powerful Cloud search engine that can find any invention in microseconds. [...] Industry likes the idea. IBM's John B. Wise, Community and Patents Sourcerer for EMEA says, "IBM has always thought it was bad to blame overworked patent examiners for poor patents. Now we can blame the machines and lousy software!" IBM recently filed its millionth software patent, on "A system and method for representing discrete numerical values using two opposing bits".
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