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Ten Open Source Hardware and Design Projects that are setting New Standards

The Open Source hardware and design community is on fire these days. Apart from the projects that eventually already gained worldwide recognition such as Open Source Ecology, DIYDrones, Arduino or RepRap, many fantastic projects, focused on specific aspects, hold great promises. In the last couple of years, in fact, we have witnessed the emergence of several communities around specific human issues such as construction, transportation, sustainability, fabrication, furniture and even materials. In this post, we’ll  mention ten amazing projects that have potentially revolutionary impacts and already deliver great opportunities to worldwide makers.

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The Role of Software Patents in the Patent Reform Debate

Momentum seems to be building in Congress to tackle patent reform. From an open source perspective, any reform that reduces the risk and expense of patent lawsuits is surely a good thing. But the reforms under current discussion so far have largely been focused on the problem of NPEs (non-practicing...

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How to Build an Open Source Community

Community is vital to an open source project. An active and supportive community is the heart of the project. However, having an open source licence is not enough to bring users and developers to your project and build a community. This document looks at what makes a successful open source...

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New Gov’t Report on Patent Lawsuits is Tepid, But Shows a Clear Trend

The Government Accountability Office has a new report out about patent litigation. The study, which was commissioned as part of the America Invents Act, really features little in the way of useful conclusions or policy suggestions. It ends with a call that the Director of the Patent office "consider examining trends in patent infringement litigation" in order to make the examination process better, and suggests (obviously) that better "patent quality" would be better for everyone.

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Free Software Foundation LibrePlanet Videos Now Available

The Free Software Foundation has announced the availability of the first set of videos from the 2013 LibrePlanet conference. This set includes talks by Marina Zhurakhinskaya, Benjamin Mako Hill, Stefano Zacchiroli, and more.

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