Subject: Re: [Freesw]
From: "Stephen J. Turnbull" <>
Date: Mon, 14 May 2001 11:38:05 +0900

"I'm really going to have to fix Supercite" 

>>>>> <Frank> writes:

    Frank> So from a free software perspective, there are two ways to
    Frank> play defense: create a clearly indexed easy-reference
    Frank> database of prior art, in the faith that the initial
    Frank> examiner will then be more likely to deny software patent
    Frank> applications; or do nothing in that line, thus fostering a
    Frank> lower incidence of prior art citations, and leaving more
    Frank> patents open to challenge at the PTO reexamination and
    Frank> judicial hearing stages.

I rather suspect that what certain strategists are thinking is the
"immiserate the masses" strategy: prefer the status quo, since "this
can't go on".  Making things a little bit better will just delay the

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