Slug: google-code-search-related-to-attempts-to-reform-the-uspto Date: 2006-11-08 Title: Google Code Search related to attempts to reform the USPTO? layout: post

I was reading an old article on ars technica (IBM and OSDL to help Patent Office get organized -Jan 2006) about IBM's work with the USPTO to help reform the patent system, and ran across this quote:

>The second part of the new system would be a public, searchable (with search possibly provided by Google), and up-to-date database of Open Source code.

Sounds familiar, sort of like Google Code Search, announced sometime in the last couple months I think. I wonder if Code Search came out of work done while looking into this prior-art database?