Subject: Re: Online patent exchanges
From: "Stephen J. Turnbull" <turnbull@sk.tsukuba.ac.jp>
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 1999 12:32:52 +0900 (JST)

>>>>> "Kragen" == Kragen Sitaker <kragen@pobox.com> writes:

    >> Unless there is a small number of well-known cartels which
    >> provide nice interfaces for discovering their patents, then the
    >> patent will still appear in the USPO database, and it may
    >> discourage developers who may not know that it is owned by the
    >> cartel which freely licenses it.

    Kragen> Ideally there would be one such cartel.

Not.  Cartels are inherently evil.

There should be many such trusts, and they should cross-index.

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