Digital 'vault' for software patents

日期:2019-03-02 14:10:05 作者:屠霹叟 阅读:

PATENT examiners are often accused of not checking thoroughly whether applications are pre-dated by older inventions, or “prior art”. This means widely used software routines can suddenly be locked into patents, making them costly to license. So IBM last week joined forces with the Open Source Development Lab run by Linus Torvalds, the developer of Linux, to establish a digital “vault” where open-source software can be archived. The idea is to give the US Patent and Trademark Office a one-stop shop for checking patent applications. But Greg Aharonian, editor of San Francisco-based e-newsletter PatNews,