Patents

The Opensource. Patents article collection examines the intersection between open source and patents, patent troll topics, and patent-related legal issues.

Search this database for inactive patents that are now in the public domain

Search this database for inactive patents that are now in the public domain
In the U.S. patent system, if maintenance fees are not paid, an issued patent goes into the public domain. Find out how to search the database.Read more

EFF asks universities not to sell to patent trolls

EFF asks universities not to sell patents to trolls
Take action by signing the pledge and urge universities not to sell patents to patent trolls.Read more

Oracle v. Google: What it means for software developers

Oracle v. Google: What it means for software developers
The outcome of Oracle v. Google is a positive result for the software industry and the developer community but we must be cautious.Read more

Hacking the patent system: Open source and patents

Hacking the patent system: Open source and patents
The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Daniel Nazer discusses software patent trolls and issues with the U.S. patent law system.Read more

Top 10 open source legal developments in 2015

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Mark Radcliffe shares his 10 picks for the top legal developments in free and open source software last year.Read more

Best of Opensource.com: Law

While reviewing the most-read articles on legal topics in open source on Opensource.com this year, I was reminded of the old maxim: The more things...Read more

Law schools lag behind on open source law

Maru Rabinovitch explains why law schools should include thorough open source license and patent training.Read more

The patent troll problem is not a new one

David Perry of Red Hat walks us through the latest from legal entities, journalists, and pop culture on why it is time to fix patents.Read more