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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 



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