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A new way to end the patent madness

InfoWorld - Simon Phipps - The new Defensive Patent License (DPL), launched this week by two UC Berkeley law professors, offers an improved way for businesses -- especially small businesses -- to protect themselves from patent attacks. Over time, it may also disarm patent trolls by reducing the supply of "weaponized" patents.

The DPL is an idea whose time has come. Patents, especially software patents, have become a running sore for the tech industry. If widely adopted -- that's a big "if" -- the DPL could offer a cure that provides special benefit to the open source community.