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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The so-called "Gift Order Patent" has been revoked by the EPO in an opposition proceeding today after a hearing involving three opposing parties and the patent proprietor, Amazon Inc. The patent relates to a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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The IPEG blog quotes patent specialist Jochen Pagenburg on the European Patent Litigation Agreement (EPLA). Pagenburg suggests that, with discussions having been "fruitless" so far, unless there are big movements forward in 2008, discussions on both EPLA and the Community Patent (talks on which EU Commissioner Charlie McCreevy earlier this year described as being "stuck in the mud") might as well be dropped.
by: zoobabzoobab
04 Dec 2007 11:38
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AuctionHelper, a provider of eBay and online-auction management tools since 1997, announced it has been issued a new patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). According to the press release, the patent, No. 7,296,033, covers the basic technology behind the AuctionLynxx tool offered by AuctionHelper, including the fundamental cross-selling methodology that was "pioneered by AuctionLynxx and subsequently copied by others in the industry." AuctionHelper announced that it is one of a series of patents it expects to receive on its fundamental concepts in online auction management.
by: zoobabzoobab
04 Dec 2007 11:34
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Just when the last thing anyone would expect to hear about Apple Inc. is something involving the Newton PDA, the long-gone handheld device is playing a supporting role in a new lawsuit launched Monday against the company and its iPhone.
by: zoobabzoobab
04 Dec 2007 11:33
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Klausner Technologies, Inc.—a patent holding company founded by the "inventor of the PDA" Judah Klausner—today filed lawsuits against Apple, AT&T, Comcast, Cablevision, and eBay's Skype service for infringing on patents related to voice messaging and visual voicemail services. [...] The patents in question are 5,572,576 (cited in all the suits) and 5,283,818 (cited against Apple and AT&T); they both cover systems offering a visual display for selecting and managing recorded audio messages.
by: zoobabzoobab
04 Dec 2007 11:32
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Klausner Technologies files patent lawsuits under its visual voicemail patents against Comcast, Cablevision and eBay Inc.’s Skype with damages and future royalties estimated at $300 million. The lawsuit asserts that the above companies’ VOIP voicemail products and services infringe Klausner Technologies’ U.S. Patent 5,572,576.
by: zoobabzoobab
04 Dec 2007 11:29
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As industry moves from hard engineering to software, it surely is only sensible to carry forward the patent system into this new sector so that new software designs can be protected as the old hardware ones were. Patents underpin progress in all industries. Software is not special. Without software patents, the very existence of large technology firms is at risk.
by: zoobabzoobab
04 Dec 2007 11:26
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Sun Microsystems Inc., the world's fourth-largest maker of server computers, sued business-software maker Trilogy Inc. and its Versata and Nextance units, accusing them of infringing on four U.S. patents. Sun contends that the companies are wrongly using its data-processing systems technology protected by patents awarded since 1998, according to papers filed Nov. 30 in federal court in Wilmington, Del.
by: zoobabzoobab
04 Dec 2007 11:23
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It’s no secret that the patenting system, for software at least, is a mess. I have talked to a number of entrepreneurs, CEOs, CTOs, and even Intellectual Property lawyers and have yet to come across any credible examples of where software patents have had a positive effect.
by: zoobabzoobab
03 Dec 2007 13:09
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In 1965, Marty Goetz filed the first software patent in history -- sparking a 15-year controversy about whether that should even be allowed. In the 1960s, he led a challenge against IBM's monopoly, in particular its bundling of various software programs as part of its operating systems. That business practice, in which all the major hardware vendors of the day engaged, had the result of locking out software innovators. [...] "Hardware was patentable, so why not software?" Goetz says.
by: zoobabzoobab
03 Dec 2007 12:57
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A company that was just awarded more than $140 million from Microsoft in a patent-infringement suit has sued the software giant again, this time for alleged infringements in Windows Vista and Office 2007. Z4 Technologies claims Microsoft has only made "an insignificant change" in Vista and Office to product-activation technology that has been found by U.S. courts to violate patents z4 hold
by: ggiedkeggiedke
01 Dec 2007 11:57
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