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What you can do to kill software patents

Patrick Mueller has some patent-related tips for software developers and people who make stuff in general. He was asked to testify in a patent infringement case because the defense attorneys found a paper he wrote published on the Web, and thought it would help their case.

His tips are simple enough:

  • Document the crap out of the things that you make.
  • Put your documentation on the web, and make sure search engines can find it 20 years from now.

Be sure to click through to read about his experience as a fact witness.

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  1. Incidentally, the following post showed up in my reader just now

    Carved In Stone http://musematic.net/?p=1085

    There never has been and there never will be a digital recording format that lasts forever. – David Pogue – CBS Sunday Morning

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