UPSTO description of Open Source

Gregor Hoffleit flight at
Thu Mar 18 14:33:15 UTC 1999

I haven't seen this mentioned yet: The description of the Open Source 
certification mark as published on the USPTO web site is quite intriguing:

  "The certification mark, as used by authorized persons, certifies that
   the software license conforms to a set of guidelines published by
   software in the public interest."

I.e. Open Source is defined as conformance to guidelines published by 
SPI! That's quite nice, isn't it ?

The complete USPTO entry is at


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