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Richard Stallman: How to fight software patents

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Trying to clean up the minefields of software development...
Developing a large and complex program means combining many ideas, often hundreds or thousands of them. In a country that allows software patents, chances are that some substantial fraction of the ideas in your program will be patented already by various companies. Perhaps hundreds of patents will cover parts of your program. A study in 2004 found almost 300 U.S. patents that covered various parts of a single important program. It is so much work to do such a study that only one has been done.
 read more | mail this link | score:7059 | -Ray, September 12, 2004
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