[openip] Re: "rights" and "freedoms"

Robert M. Muench robert.muench at robertmuench.de
Tue Oct 19 10:22:27 UTC 1999

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> Subject: RE: [openip] Re: "rights" and "freedoms"

> Answer: Because there is one US software patent issued, on
> every 20 minutes, and it would take several days of work to
> prior art for each one and prepare a submission.

But not all patents are related to the topic we are interested
in. Of course it will be impossible to build up a shadow-PTO but
defeating the most trivial patents should be possible. It's
better to invalid some patents than non at all.

Robert M. Muench, Karlsruhe, Germany
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