Friday, January 28, 2005

PATENTCAFE CREATES OPEN-SOURCE SEARCH TOOLS: PatentCafe has set up a database of the 500 patents that IBM has pledged to open up to open source developers claiming its natural language-based search engine will accelerate developers' use of the patents.

However, PatentCafe warns that developers "still need to remain vigilant even if using the information in a pledged IBM patent" since their software programs "could still be found to infringe a different company's patent." So, if you find what you need in your search, don't bet the farm that you will be clear of any infringement.

PatentCafe further intends to enlarge the project to search open source software patents worldwide. Developers are supposed to be able to create a hierarchical list of the most relevant patents and find the patents most related to their software projects.

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