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Who Invented the Linux-Based Wireless Router?

October 22nd, 2010 10:28 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

mtaht writes “I’ve just had the interesting experience of being deposed to talk about one of the first embedded, Linux-based, wireless routers. Our (free!) 1998 publication of how to make one predates patent #7035281, filed September 13, 2000, by someone else. Their patent was recently granted and is now being disputed in court, in part using our how-to as an example of prior art. The lawsuit continues; the case goes before a judge shortly, and a jury trial if necessary is scheduled for the spring. I find myself plagued with the question: So… who invented the embedded Linux based wireless router? What relevance does ‘who’ have, when there is such an enormous confluence of ideas from thousands of people? What constitutes invention, anyway?”

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