01 September 2006

Patently Obvious

O'Reilly brings us an article about patents and the creative use of blogs to protect ourselves in the sometimes absurd patent brawl that our industry seems to be drifting toward.

I suggest reading about this but basically the US Fedral Court of Appeals has used a "suggestion test" to determine whether or not a patent is "obvious". See, some companies are patenting things like hypertext and certain URL configurations which means that in the future they might request royalties for such things.

I have mentioned him before but Lawrence Lessig's blog (www.lessig.org/blog) is a great resource for reading and information about software patents and infringements on your rights in the digital age.

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