This article is from the Copyright Law FAQ, by Terry Carroll with numerous contributions by others.
Peter Treloar, the moderator of comp.patents, currently maintains a FAQ
devoted exclusively to patents, and duplicating his effort here would be
The comp.patents FAQ is periodically posted to the Usenet comp.patents
newsgroup. A current copy is available by anonymous FTP from
ftp.su.oz.au, in directory /pub/patents/incoming, and from
ftp.uni-stuttgart.de [126.96.36.199], in directory /pub/doc/comp.patents.
The comp.patents FAQ (or "The Internet Patent Book") is available in two
versions. The file named "internet_patents.txt" is a plain ascii text;
"internet_patents.ps" is a PostScript version. The PostScript version is
by far the more readable of the two.
For further information regarding the comp.patents FAQ, please correspond
with Peter directly, at firstname.lastname@example.org.