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Welcome to the Open Source as Prior Art Project Wiki.

If you want to help please join the mailing list and/or contribute to this wiki: Things that can be done right now


The topic of this Project is: Open Source as Prior Art (should probably be renamed to FLOSS as Prior Art, just to be neutral about some political/social issues). Thus you need to know what FLOSS and Prior Art is. Here you can find some basic information:


Use already existing publications as Prior Art

  • If you have no idea, what kind of software might be used as Prior Art for a specific patent, then look here. Basicly this is a mapping between USPTO categories and FLOSS categories.
  • This might become a mailinglist where you can ask for associations to specific patents. So more people might help you to find appropriate starting-points for your Prior Art research.

Make electronic data more valuable as Prior Art

  • Easier searching for Prior Art (or for reusing appropriate code in your own project)

USPTO and Prior Art

  • Proposed Rule Changes to Focus the Patent Process in the 21st Century, Januar 2006 (link)


  • CAPAS - Computer Aided Prior Art Search
  • FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
  • Milestones - General Project goals – what people can do to help
  • Glossary - Words, phrases, and acronyms explained
  • Out of Scope - Patent reform alternatives outside the scope of this project

Recent Events

Tagging Workshop September 2006

Tagging Workshop 2006 Sep - agenda + attendees + presentations + conclusions

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osapa/start.txt · Last modified: 2016/07/19 04:55 by emsearcy