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Just like in the story-line of Independence Day, where the alien death ships slowly but surely positioned themselves over each major city, with the eventual outcome well understood, so too is Intellectual Ventures (I.V.) slowly positioning itself as the patent overlord over many major industry segments. Just like in the movie, the eventual outcome is well understood. To wit: Complete usurpation of the U.S. Patent system. The outcome is a, gigantic tax/toll collector controlling the pulse of innovation in the U.S. or, like the movie, extermination of innovation. [...] In short, these patents are not worth the paper they are printed on. But, owing to the excessive cost and uncertainty to have a second look at these patents [...] most victims of this licensing extortion racket meekly pay-up. What Myhrvold has wrought is an obscene abuse of the patent system. It should be stopped, either by industry groups banding together to file reexaminations, or by Congress, or both.
by: ggiedkeggiedke
21 Dec 2010 12:44
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Ten member states have sent an official formal request to Internal Market Commissioner Michel Barnier calling for enhanced cooperation on the creation of an EU patent.
by: ggiedkeggiedke
09 Dec 2010 21:21
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Blackboard Inc.’s protracted legal fight to retain the software patent it used to successfully sue course-management rival Desire2Learn is over. It lost.
by: ggiedkeggiedke
01 Dec 2010 21:06
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The U.S. top court has agreed to review a patent infringement case filed against Microsoft by Toronto-based i4i Ltd.
by: ggiedkeggiedke
30 Nov 2010 08:22
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Summary (and YouTube links) of a debate on software patents in New Zealand: "I argued that software patents stifle innovation. When ideas are copied, extended, built upon - we all benefit. Patents stop this and thus stifle innovation. He argued that patents not necessary to protect industries based on ideas e.g. publishing because copyright does a good job. He pointed to the negative impacts of software patents such as the Android litigation which is stifling competition."
by: ggiedkeggiedke
20 Oct 2010 17:55
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The European Union is on the cusp of writing public procurement rules which favour patent- and royalty-free technologies, according to software giants who argue that the rules echo Chinese public procurement laws. [The BSA is] worried that the pending European Interoperability Framework (EIF) will give technologies that have open specifications an advantage in public sector bids.
by: ggiedkeggiedke
13 Oct 2010 06:07
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by: RigelnetworksRigelnetworks
12 Oct 2010 09:54
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[The leaked] file shows that Jonathan Zuck, president of Association for Competitive Technology (ACT) –an organization with close ties to Microsoft–, and founder of Americans for Technology Leadership, had influenced the change of working documents of the European Union.
by: ggiedkeggiedke
08 Oct 2010 17:25
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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Wednesday affirmed the validity of TiVo's so-called Time Warp DVR patent, reversing the agency's ruling this summer -- after a second re-examination requested by EchoStar and Dish Network -- that the patent was invalid because some of the claims were covered in two prior patents.
by: ggiedkeggiedke
07 Oct 2010 06:53
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Motorola has launched the next offensive in an increasingly confusing legal war over mobile patents. The company, through its Motorola Mobility subsidiary, has filed patent infringement complaints against Apple in both Northern Illinois and Southern Florida federal district courts. It has also asked the International Trade Commission to block Apple from importing, marketing, or selling iPhones, iPad, iPod touches, and "some Mac products."
by: ggiedkeggiedke
07 Oct 2010 06:51
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Apple has been ordered to pay more than $200 million to Mirror Worlds, LLC after having lost a patent infringement case brought by the company. Apple was found to be in violation of Mirror Worlds' "document streaming" patents, which Apple allegedly used in its implementation of Cover Flow and Time Machine.
by: ggiedkeggiedke
04 Oct 2010 17:26
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Hank Northhaft is the CEO of a patent licensing firm. [...] He [...] has been making the rounds writing opinion pieces for various publications pitching this plan. Unfortunately, each of his opinion pieces seems to rewrite history or misinterpret studies to make his argument.
by: ggiedkeggiedke
03 Oct 2010 21:05
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Mueller "can't help but admit that Red Hat's financials can serve as a fairly strong argument for software patents." He goes on the claim that "Red Hat's business model does more harm than good" and expresses his belief that "that Red Hat's model is the antithesis of economically sustainable innovation."
by: ggiedkeggiedke
27 Sep 2010 22:05
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A new lawsuit filed this week has accused Apple, Google and numerous others of patent infringement, alleging that the companies are improperly profiting from spam filtering technology created by InNova. [...] The suit deals with U.S. Patent No. 6,018,761, related to technology that is used to differentiate between regular e-mail messages and unwanted advertising spam.
by: ggiedkeggiedke
22 Jul 2010 06:48
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Our third major finding concerns startup executives' perceptions of the effectiveness of patents and other methods of providing competitive advantage. Interestingly, responses vary widely (see Fig. 2 below). Biotechnology companies rate patents as the most effective means of capturing competitive advantage, more effective than first-mover advantage (though the differences are not statistically significant), trade secrecy, reverse engineering, copyright, and other means. Software companies, on the other hand, rank patenting dead last in providing competitive advantage.
by: ggiedkeggiedke
20 Jul 2010 10:29
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Google's hard-nosed strategy for dealing with patent-holding plaintiffs gets put to the test -- and proves successful: late last month, Google won its first patent infringement lawsuit to go to a jury trial, in the Eastern District of Texas. The plaintiff was Function Media LLC, a patent holding company.
by: ggiedkeggiedke
25 Feb 2010 09:00
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video-recording software
by: ALICEXIAOALICEXIAO
22 Jan 2010 13:26
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Arguments against software patents have a fundamental flaw. As any electrical engineer knows, solutions to problems implemented in software can also be realized in hardware, i.e., electronic circuits. The main reason for choosing a software solution is the ease in implementing changes, the main reason for choosing a hardware solution is speed of processing. Therefore, a time critical solution is more likely to be implemented in hardware. While a solution that requires the ability to add features easily will be implemented in software. As a result, to be intellectually consistent those people against software patents also have to be against patents for electronic circuits.
by: zoobabzoobab
22 Jul 2009 07:47
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Speaker: James Wallace, Wiley Rein LLP, USA / Chairman: The Rt Hon Lord Justice Jacob / This short presentation will provide insight into the winning litigation strategies behind one of the largest recoveries in US patent litigation. Included in the talk will be * the winning themes * how the BlackBerry system works * the damage theories that resulted in a jury award of 5.7% royalty * why the royalty rate was enhanced to 8.55% for willfulness * the extraterritorial legal issues * the losing defenses * RIM's fatal trial demonstration * RIM's losing appellate strategy
by: zoobabzoobab
04 Jun 2009 18:26
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In Europe, we got a lot of help from the small companies. They have unions, and the unions talk to the politicians and they tell them that software patents are too expensive, completely unusable, it doesn't work with small companies. In America, from what I've heard, that isn't happening so much. The small companies are all business partners of the mega-corporations, so they're scared of annoying their business partners. In Europe, the same small companies are also business partners of mega-corporations, so there's something missing there. I don't know why the European companies aren't afraid of the same thing. We should get the SMEs active on this.
by: zoobabzoobab
01 Apr 2009 11:53
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