Thursday, November 18, 2010

Software Patents

Here's an interesting news item: "Red Hat’s Secret Patent Deal and the Fate of JBoss Developers".

Here's an ancient -- but still relevant -- piece from Tim O'Reilly: "Software and Business Method Patents".

Here's a great article in Slate on the consequences of software patents. "Weapons of Business Destruction: How a tiny little 'patent troll' got BlackBerry in a headlock".

The biggest issue with software patents is always the "non-obvious" issue. Generally, this can be debated, so a prior art review is far more valuable.


To participate, see Peer To Patent. Locate prior art and make patent trolls get real jobs.