Posted Jan 8, 2013 21:45 UTC (Tue) by man_ls
In reply to: it will be full of lawyers and special interest groups
Parent article: The USPTO Would Like to Partner with the Software Community ... Wait. What? Really? (Groklaw)
Given that patents are a minefield that may or may not explode under your feet, depending on what you do and how deep your pockets are, both statements may or may not be true simultaneously. Apparently in the US you don't even need to develop code, you are infringing just by using a scanner. So yes, any developer may be infringing and may be violating some patents. Or not.
Not the ideal situation in any legal framework.
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