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The Software IP Detective’s Handbook: Measurement, Comparison, and Infringement Detection by Bob Zeidman

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25. Implementing a Software Clean Room

In this chapter I discuss the software clean room development process, a method for developing software in such a way that copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation of a specific program do not occur. A software clean room is named after a semiconductor manufacturing “clean room” where the manufacturing area is filtered to keep it free of small particles that could contaminate the semiconductor wafers, introducing defects into the integrated circuits that would render them unreliable or unusable. In a similar way, a software clean room is kept free of the source code of certain other programs that could contaminate it with copyrighted code or trade secrets from those other programs. Software ...

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