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"The new EPC can also be adapted to new legal developments, and in particular to future Community law, more easily than the old convention," says President Brimelow. Many amendments can now be adopted by the Organisation's Administrative Council itself, without the need for the member states to hold a full diplomatic conference.
by: zoobabzoobab
12 Dec 2007 18:17
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Without guaranteed Ogg support (whose integration in user agents I think I already established to be sort of a weekend-level junior programmer project at NO COST, due to the ready availability of the technology in all platforms), authors *will be* forced to use patent-encumbered technology. Remember MP3? Well, with HTML5 it’s 1997 all over again.
by: zoobabzoobab
11 Dec 2007 15:52
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EU-EPLA: from the press conference in Brussels, Belgium, November 22nd 2007.
by: zoobabzoobab
11 Dec 2007 15:02
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This patent has priority going back to 1999 and includes some basic claims to pausing video on demand services. The patent examiner apparently fought hard to reject the claims since it was taken to the board of patent appeals twice but the rejections were insufficient (it was remanded both times).
by: zoobabzoobab
11 Dec 2007 12:08
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EPO rules for full revocation after a hearing in the opposition of the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII e.V.) against Amazon.com's infamous patent on the online purchase of gifts. The patent EP927945 is a descendant of the controversial One-Click Patent, which was granted to Amazon in the USA but was partially revoked there due to lack of novelty in October 2007.
by: zoobabzoobab
11 Dec 2007 11:46
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A direct response to such an evolution is indeed to strengthen the selection process, in order to ensure that patents are granted only for high quality inventions and that bad or low quality applications enter the patent system as little as possible. In Guellec and van Pottelsberghe (2007) the following steps, amongst others, are suggested: [...] Open the examination process to external contributions, notably in areas where much of the prior art is widespread in the public instead of patent data bases. There is an ongoing experience in the US in the area of software that should be carefully observed; Increase the inventive step, notably in emerging technological fields (information technology, biotechnology).
by: zoobabzoobab
10 Dec 2007 14:03
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Our primary goal in this campaign is to reverse the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) decision of 'In re Alappat'. Here, I will explain the history of what that ruling meant, and why that same history has shown us that it should be the focus of our campaign.
by: zoobabzoobab
10 Dec 2007 13:57
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PIN-SME is made up of national federations and ICT clusters from 8 EU countries. The United Kingdom is represented by the UK IT Association (UKita), the national trade association for technology SMEs. [...] “We believe that European SMEs must speak with one voice on the development of European ICT policies – a voice that is becoming stronger today with the creation of PIN-SME. We fully support this new initiative, which is rooted in the past battles fought by small businesses on software patents, which reinforce monopolisation in the software sector, damage interoperability and act as a barrier to innovation by SMEs”.
by: zoobabzoobab
10 Dec 2007 13:42
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This Kat gets quite annoyed at the way the EPO at all levels persists with this (to his mind at least) rather dishonest approach. What is wrong with saying that the advance over the prior art represented by an application (though it may be novel and inventive) is nevertheless purely within an area that is excluded from patentability? Even though the 'right' result may be achieved in most cases, the approach does result in some quite strained reasoning that tends to stray far from the clear wording of the Convention, and certainly doesn't help with letting a wider audience know where the line between patentability and exclusion lies.
by: zoobabzoobab
09 Dec 2007 18:05
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This Article provides context for the ongoing debate on opportunistic licensing (or patent troll) litigation by pointing out that the same phenomenon occurred in the nineteenth century with respect to design patents on farm tools. [...] The Article then compares the remedies proposed in each era and concludes that curbing trolls through a comprehensive reform is bound to fail. A better approach would seek either to abolish software and business method patents or reduce the arbitrage spread by raising the maintenance fees charged to retain patents.
by: zoobabzoobab
09 Dec 2007 17:55
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Defendants have each infringed claim 17 of the ‘341 patent by downloading responsive data, including audio/visual and graphical presentations, such as JPEG images and/or other compressed data, on their web sites, whose home pages are all located on the Internet. The accused downloading utilizes a system employing both a server and an end-user station, which have asymmetric processing power capabilities. The accused method further involves compression and inverse decompression techniques (including rendering JPEG images) which require less processing power for decompression and are asymmetric.
by: zoobabzoobab
08 Dec 2007 12:12
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The so-called "Gift Order Patent" has been revoked by the EPO in an opposition proceeding today after a hearing involving three opposing parties and the patent proprietor, Amazon Inc. The patent relates to a method for purchasing goods over the Internet to be sent as gifts.
by: zoobabzoobab
08 Dec 2007 11:56
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The EPO will probably revoke the patent for lack of inventive step and use the case to re-emphasize its doctrine of 2000 (Pension Benefits) according to which software is patentable when claimed in connection with a computer. Hartmut Pilch and Georg Jakob are representing the FFII at the Oral Proceeding on 2007-12-07 09:00 at EPO PH Rm 3468.
by: zoobabzoobab
08 Dec 2007 11:01
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Munich, 7 December 2007 -- The European Patent Office (EPO) has revoked the US firm Amazon's patent relating to a "method for placing an order via a computer system" after a hearing in opposition proceedings. Having heard all of the parties, the opposition division handling the case concluded today that the invention did not meet the patentability requirements under the European Patent Convention (EPC). The patent had been opposed by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Informatik, Fleurop and the Foundation for Free Information Infrastructure (FFII).
by: zoobabzoobab
08 Dec 2007 10:56
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How could a blog post (unflattering or not) be considered patent infringement? Apparently, the patent in question, owned by Acacia (who, you may recall is considered the worst patent system offender by the EFF), can be interpreted to mean that posting a JPG image to your site is infringement. It also happens that Niro is the patent attorney who has filed some of Acacia's patent infringement lawsuits, including against the Green Bay Packers for violating this same patent.
by: zoobabzoobab
06 Dec 2007 21:59
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Zuzana Roithova, czech Member of the European Parliament (EPP-ED), is questioning the Council of Ministers on the European Patent System, the Community Patent, and software patents.
by: zoobabzoobab
04 Dec 2007 13:20
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Xvid/LAME Use of the Xvid codec for video and LAME codec for audio in the medium term as both codecs are well developed and generally well supported but are encumbered with patent issues that mean they may be plagued with legal issues into the future.
by: zoobabzoobab
04 Dec 2007 12:38
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After the death of the European Patent Litigation Agreement (EPLA) as an international treaty, EU-EPLA has been introduced, promising the same undesirable litigation to only the European Union. The core of the proposal is the creation of an European Judge Academy and a specialized Patent Court under the pillar of the European Court of Justice (ECJ).
by: zoobabzoobab
04 Dec 2007 11:55
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The core of the proposal is the creation of an European Judge Academy and a specialized Patent Court under the pillar of the European Court of Justice (ECJ). Brigitte Zypries, the German minister of Justice, wants this court not to be lead by regularly appointed judges, but by so-called technical experts. She promises better examination of the technical substance of the patents in corresponding processes. These technical experts are basically just another name for Patent Agents who have passed the Judge Academy.
by: zoobabzoobab
04 Dec 2007 11:54
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What do AT&T, Apple, Comcast, Cablevision and eBay all have in common? They are all being sued today by Klausner Technologies over visual voicemail patents the company says it owns and which it feels these well known, other companies have not yet requested a patent license for.
by: zoobabzoobab
04 Dec 2007 11:40
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