I am not at all familiar with the technology in question, but what I've understood is that your are trying to shorten an existing barcode pattern, while many barcode patterns already exist, here's my common sense answer:
- Are you sure RSS-14 (aka GS1 DataBar) is patented ? Try finding if RSS-14 (aka GS1 DataBar) has been used by any one else for whatever purpose it can be used.
Now, while I like the general format of the barcode, I want to make it shorter to use in software development / advertising.
- Has anyone made barcode shorter earlier to use in software development, does it sounds an easily thinkable work for people in your industry/place of work.
You think your use is new, can people with similar skills like you are having, come up with such use or piece of program ? Will it be logical or too easy for them to come up with it or you think its unique & won't be easily attainable by them.
People ask the above question before patenting their work but it helps.
I'm not going to patent my new format
- Your written piece of program automatically gets copyrighted but still you can get it registered through copyright office. I think its an easy process and won't cost much.
Also in your given facts you'll be creating an app other than shortened code i.e an additional piece of program (i am guessing that it won't involve any piece of RSS-14) , so this app should be free of IPR issues.