The Impact of Open Source on Pre- Invention Assignment Contracts


In the heart of Boston lies America's oldest public park.' Lush in June, pristine under December snow, Boston Common belongs to all who pass through its wrought-iron gates. It is an important public resource. And, like all public resources, it must be properly maintained. In parks and nature reserves around the country, trails must be carved, weeds must be picked, and litter must be collected. Volunteers who wish to improve their communities often perform these tasks. Similar volunteerism exists in the intellectual commons the landscape of invention. Increasingly, engineers and scientists are contributing off-hours to open source projects, in which intellectual property rights are abandoned for the greater public good. These projects grant society a direct benefit completely free of charge. However, a threat

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@inproceedings{Mattioli2009TheIO, title={The Impact of Open Source on Pre- Invention Assignment Contracts}, author={Michael Mattioli and Alfred C. Yen}, year={2009} }