USPTO To Reference Open Source on Patent Applications
“The United States Patent and Trademark Office plans to announce today that it will cooperate with open-source software developers on three initiatives that it says will improve the quality of software patents.
“The patent office has come under increasing pressure in recent years from critics who contend that it issues patents without adequate investigation of earlier inventions. As a result, conflicts over published patents have loosed an avalanche of intellectual property litigation.”
John Markoff. U.S. Office Joins an Effort to Improve Software Patents. The New York Times. Jan. 10, 2006.
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