[priorart-discuss] Welcome!

Paul E. McKenney paulmck at us.ibm.com
Wed Jan 11 14:43:17 PST 2006


I am Paul McKenney of the IBM Linux Technology Center, one of undoubtedly
many representatives from IBM to this list.  I suspect that I am not
alone in being interested in helping prevent granting of patents for
non-novel "inventions".  There is a great deal of prior art that either
is disadvantaged legally or that is difficult to locate.  Changes in
terminology over the decades also make it difficult to relate older
prior art the newer patent applications, and copyright issues may make
it difficult to share older one-off prior art (e.g., hard-copy technical
reports collecting dust in academic libraries).

I hope to help this group make progress towards overcoming these issues.

						Thanx, Paul

On Wed, Jan 11, 2006 at 01:11:36PM -0800, Kees Cook wrote:
> Hello everyone!  Just as an introduction, I'm Kees Cook, working for 
> OSDL, and I presented to the USPTO during the December meeting.  I had 
> been asked to outline some ideas about how we could make OSS more 
> "available" as prior art.  (That presentation is here:
> http://developer.osdl.org/dev/priorart/presentations.html )
> I'm hoping this list will bridge the gap between the USPTO and the OSS 
> community.  We're still waiting for the USPTO folks to join, but I think 
> we can continue our discussions from December until they join, and they 
> can catch up in the archives if they need to.  :)
> I'd like to invite everyone else here to introduce themselves and maybe 
> talk briefly about why they're here and how they think they can best 
> contribute to this project.  I'm going to start collecting ideas in the 
> Wiki, so we have some kind of summary of the things getting discussed.  
> (And please log into the Wiki yourselves, especially if you're 
> unfamiliar with using a Wiki, so we can all update the stuff there.)
> We already have a number of questions in the FAQ, some of which will be 
> answered by answering "what IS prior art?"  The USPTO gave a 
> presentation on this in December as well, and we asked them if we could 
> republish it.  If we don't hear from them soon, I'll try to recap it, 
> but I'd rather it was presented by a USPTO official, since I'm sure 
> we're all going to have questions about it.
> -- 
> Kees Cook
> Core Services
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