Software Freedom Law Center Seeks Patent Attorney

Lora Bentley

In the course of my research on open source and software patents, I came across this item from the Software Freedom Law Center. The SFLC is looking for a patent attorney who is "dedicated to software freedom."


Isn't that kind of an oxymoron? After all, this is the same organization that is on record arguing against software patents.


But on second thought, it's not a bad strategy. An attorney with experience before the U.S. Patent Office will know what the examiners are looking for in order to award a patent, will know the ends and outs of the process, and because of that, will also know better how to argue against patent awards for software that has already been developed in an open source or free software community.


Definitely an interesting development. I'm hoping to speak with an SFLC representative soon about software patents generally. Maybe I'll get a chance to ask about this as well.

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