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Computer chip Edit

Cleanrooms are "closed areas used for work that must be conducted in a dust free environment, such as production of computer chips."[1]

Software Edit

A cleanroom is

a technique used in the software industry to prevent the direct copying of a competitor's code during the development of a competing product. The procedure usually consists of two teams of developers[;] one team disassembles the code and describes its functional aspects, while the other team takes the descriptions of the functional aspects and writes the competing product's code. Ideally, this process represents the optimal way to develop a competing product because the alleged infringer can demonstrate that the programmer who drafted the competing code had no access to the original copyrighted work. By showing no access the alleged infringer could defeat the first requirement of a copyright infringement action and thereby end both the analysis and the case.[2]

References Edit

  1. Envirco Corp. v. Clestra Cleanroom, Inc., 209 F.3d 1360, 1361 (Fed. Cir. 2000) (full-text).
  2. DSC Comm. Corp. v. DGI Technologies, Inc., 898 F. Supp. 1183, 1189 n.3, 37 U.S.P.Q.2d (BNA) 1496 (N.D. Tex. 1995) (full-text), aff'd, 81 F.3d 597 (5th Cir. 1996) (full-text).

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