CNet: An outline of patent problems--and solutions
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 20 Apr 2009 08:19
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Patents have become a minefield that inhibit software innovation, a fact recently highlighted for me in a conversation with Rob Tiller, Red Hat's vice president of Intellectual Property and assistant general counsel. Many software patents are of poor quality and are difficult to interpret, Tiller explains, made worse by the fact that patent boundaries are often vague: a patent can even cover an invention the patent holder never conceived. [...] In the meantime, it would be fantastic to have more community-reviewed patent applications, since the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office seems incapable (due to both expertise and workload) of adequately reviewing the flood of patent applications. Something like the Peer to Patent project, which ex-Red Hat general counsel Mark Webbink runs at New York Law School, perhaps? Or how about Post-Issue Peer To Patent and Linux Defenders?
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