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The patent-aware software life cyle

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.

Paul Klint 2006-05-22