IBM joins OSDL but will USPTO look inside?

Open Source Development Labs, a repository for open source software, got a boost from IBM last week, but if a repository is never opened is it still prior art?

Open source attempts to establish easier ways to establish prior art on software are unlikely to make a difference, says PatNews publisher Greg Aharonian, poo-poohing news that IBM has joined up with Open Source Development Labs to create an open source software repository. "This initiative is a great example of the USPTO wasting time and not addressing its real problems with prior art," he said.

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