So I posted a blog about a software patent. I now know this was a bad thing to do for an open source developer, but naively I thought I should research the problem domain. I now know that open source developers should not look at patents, and pretend they do not exist. A few people have said I should just use the patented 'invention', and let the US users patch it out. I'm not going to do this, as I think it's not the best solution for everyone. The patent itself is only similar to the work I have done, and only touches on some of the ideas I was using. It's not a big loss if I do things another way, the code I had written was only proof-of-concept and had quite a few different ways of calculating the same data. I'm now thinking of using V=IR and P=IV for the basis of my calculations, but I'm not going to do any research just in case somebody has used these formulas before. Don't you just love software patents.
By hughsie on February 6, 2007