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Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
> Which simply means that for the good of the community and
> protection against predatory acts:
> o Open source with clearly documented antecedents is
> the best practice because of transparency, auditability,
> and traceability.
> o Software source management tools should be used as
> evidence in patent cases to reduce the costs of litigation.
I'm curious as to why you think these would help defend a patent
lawsuit. IANAL, but my understanding is that independent reinvention is
NOT a defense to a patent action. If you implement a patented algorithm,
even inadvertently, you've infringed the patent.
Copyright of course is a different ballgame, and being able to prove
where your code came from should protect against copyright infringement