ZDNet: PaaS and the patent trolls
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 30 May 2008 10:40
Number of posts: 1
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It can only be a matter of time before this army of newly enfranchised business developers begins infringing pre-existing software patents, in particular those covering software implementations of business processes. If the US Patent and Trademark Office already has such a hard time finding prior art, how is the average business user supposed to work out whether they’ve breached some arcane patent for a Method of locating web-pages by utilising visual images or for Methods and systems of assisting users in purchasing items? Perhaps a pre-emptive search for patent infringements is a service that PaaS providers should consider offering their customers — unless of course someone has already thought of that and now owns the rights to a Method of identifying patent infringements by user-generated applications.
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