Here are some of my ideas for Fedora 8 and Fedora 9
Mikkel L. Ellertson
mikkel at infinity-ltd.com
Sun Jul 8 21:49:54 UTC 2007
> On Sun, 2007-07-08 at 15:16 -0500, Mikkel L. Ellertson wrote:
>> On the other hand, what you are talking about with the software is
>> more like removing a patented part, taking it apart, and using the
>> design to build a new part...
> As far as I know that is reverse engineering, and is not prohibited, in
> fact the patent process was originally set up to advance such ideas, not
> to restrict them. The original license was for a fixed time, to allow
> the inventor to profit from his invention, then release it into the
> public domain. Somewhere this appears to have been lost in peoples
> perspectives at least.
You can not use reverse engineering to get around a patent. You can
use it to get around trade secrets. You can also use it as a
springboard to create your own design, as long as your design is
different enough from the patented one. Otherwise, why would anyone
bother to license a patent? (The again, the patent application is
supposed to contain enough information that you could build the
patented device from it.)
Now, I don't think software should be patented, and with the recent
rulings on patents, most of them are probably invalid anyway. But
until we get a test case on the legality of software patents, it is
safer to act as if they are legal...
Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons,
for thou art crunchy and taste good with Ketchup!
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