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[wlug] How Linux defenders attack bad software patents before they’re approved

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Peter Reutemann fracpete@w...
Wed Sep 18 16:46:26 NZST 2013

"Despite the rise in the number of patent trolls launching lawsuits
affecting open source software, there are some glimmers of hope. The
America Invents Act that was signed into law in September 2011 has
provided new ways to prevent the issuance of over-broad software
patents that could fuel future lawsuits.
In a session at LinuxCon today, Linux Defenders director Andrea
Casillas explained how the group is using rights granted by the new
law to fight patent applications. A project of the Open Invention
Network, Software Freedom Law Center, and Linux Foundation, Linux
Defenders examines the 6,000 new patent applications published each
week, attempting to identify those that are potentially threatening to
Linux and open source. Then, the group looks for prior art that would
invalidate at least some of the claims in the patents."

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Cheers, Peter
Peter Reutemann, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Waikato, NZ          Ph. +64 (7) 858-5174

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