Software patents no bigger threat to Free Software
Posted Aug 5, 2004 22:53 UTC (Thu) by mgh
Parent article: Software patents no bigger threat to Free Software
than to proprietary software
Would it be worthwhile to create an open database that lists software patents and then cross-references them with all software; Free and Proprietry? Could be useful to help separate rumour from fact and highlight the true extend of PTO restriction of innovation.
There are no valid arguments to the fact that Free software uses patented "technology". The real questions are "how much" and "when will it bite". Since there seems to be no "Free Patent" community, there is no portfolio to cross license and so there is vulnerability, although redhat have made moves in this direction.
The business rules that surround patent offices seem to allow patenting any idea not already patented (prior art searches against existing patents only). Patent offices appear to be government supported monopolies in the registration of ideas.
Can we create an alternative to PTO to register ideas worldwide or do we have to join to win and agressively register ideas with PTOs as prior art?
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