PCMag: Non-Profit Group Attacks Software Patents
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Date: 29 Feb 2008 12:10
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Jon Dudas, under secretary of commerce for intellectual property and director of the U.S. Patent Office (PTO), did, however, offer that his agency "is consulting with the open source community regarding the potential development of a tagging process and interface to enable examiners access to open source software repositories as a source of prior art." These repositories are currently inaccessible because "due to the inability to apply conventional text searching techniques," Dudas said. The PTO initiative "would classify and develop a lexicon for open source repositories, or databases, so that examiners could readily search them for relevant prior art."
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