[OSGeo-Discuss] Fw: Re: New Google Mapping Patent

nicholas.g.lawrence at mainroads.qld.gov.au nicholas.g.lawrence at mainroads.qld.gov.au
Tue Jan 9 15:25:08 PST 2007

 Landon Blake wrote:
 > I wonder if the OSGeo could set up a group to review US patent
 > filed for geospatial technologies and applications.
 > I'm not sure how many of these types of patents are filed every week,
but it
 > would be nice to have a group of experts looking over the patent
 > shoulder.
 > Then again, Autodesk might not be too hot about the idea of the OSGeo
 > reviewing its patent applications for geospatial applications.

The best defence against patents is to "publish early, publish often"

In other words, establish a body of prior art in a public forum.

I think OSGEO will do this naturally.


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