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In Figure 3, we sketch a Patent-aware Software Life
Cycle in which an extra sub-phase is added that performs patent validation.
This generates immediately many unsolved questions. For each phase one may wonder:
The Patent-aware Software Life Cycle is a defensive step that any commercial
or open source software development process should adopt. Clearly the costs for
software development will increase significantly.
- Is it possible to infringe patents in this phase?
- If so, how can one find such infringements?
- How can such infringements be resolved?