IPwatch: Free, Open Software Supporters Advocate Against Microsoft Document Standard
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Date: 29 Feb 2008 15:46
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Many of the OpenForum’s participants said that the nature of software development made patents irrelevant not only for standards but also for software in general. Vinje said that “patents come from an entirely different era” and that the current scope of technology is so broad that it is difficult to make a regime relevant in all contexts. Further, he said that the patent system could not be relied on to weed out all invalid patents with so many in play. For example, Intel’s core processor has 10,000 different patents covering it. Jeremy Allison, co-creator of the open source/free software suite Samba, said that software patents are “a blight” on the industry and said that their original intent - to stop people hiding trade secrets and to provide incentives for people to share their knowledge - is no longer relevant. Programmers do not read patents to learn how someone did something, he said, they read them to see how they can get around them.
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