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Regional and national development of industry clusters are a fundamental component of modern strategic economic policy. Although Germany's Rhine-Main-Neckar cluster has one of the largest global concentration of resources it has not yet developed to the extent of similar clusters in the US, India or Finland. Impediments common to many European clusters include international awareness, access to venture capital, and lack of political support including an underdeveloped European software patent system.
by: zoobabzoobab
24 Jun 2009 09:53
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A jury in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas has ruled against Microsoft Corp for willfully infringing US Patent 5,787,449 owned by a Toronto firm, i4i LP. On May 20, 2009, Microsoft was found liable to pay USD 200 million in damages resulting from lost profits and royalties, and the amount could be later increased by the judge if there is a finding of willful infringement.
by: zoobabzoobab
24 Jun 2009 09:51
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A lot of people still fail to realise that NBC is very much a General Electric drone, so its information on energy matters will be affected accordingly. This is a recipe for disaster. Here is more coverage from MarketWatch and from Rupert Murdoch’s press. Microsoft getting closer to NBC Universal is the equivalent of Microsoft getting closer to General Electric, which recently they did directly when they announced a deal. Later on they also lobby together for software patents in Europe.
by: zoobabzoobab
22 Jun 2009 12:10
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The US Supreme Court will soon hear Bilski on why software and business method patents are so good for the US economy. I was trying to find out on the internet where the Bilski's pending patent application, and I ended up writing to the new USPTO President and ex-IBM David Kappos. I finally got an answer from an USPTO official that the Bilski's pending patent application cannot be seen by the public.
by: zoobabzoobab
22 Jun 2009 11:55
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There is a requirement that any XPS implementation that is distributed, licensed or sold contain a notice in the source code of the implementation indicating that Microsoft may have intellectual property associated with the implementation and to provide a link to where the license may be obtained from Microsoft.
by: zoobabzoobab
22 Jun 2009 11:35
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However, the Ministry of Economic Development says the third-stage review has already been completed and software patentability stands. "The Bill incorporates the outcomes of all three stages of the review. The issue of software patents was considered as part of the third stage, but a decision was taken not to exclude software from patentability," says an MED spokeswoman. Harrison suggests that accepting software patents, even tacitly, represents a capitulation to the view of United States authorities, and abandons a potentially powerful weapon in negotiations towards a New Zealand-US free trade agreement. Similar points have been made on the copyright and music-piracy fronts.
by: zoobabzoobab
21 Jun 2009 21:35
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The possibility of getting a tech-friendly name to head the USPTO is likely to be good news for many in the IT sector, which is rife with complaints about the current U.S. patent system. For one thing, IT patent cases have been on a sharp rise over the past few years, with a growing number of cases brought by "non-practicing entities," or "patent trolls" as they're often called by critics.
by: zoobabzoobab
21 Jun 2009 15:00
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David Garrod, who left Goodwin Procter in 2008 to found a company called Bedrock Computer Technologies, believes in the value of intellectual property. He has to: Bedrock is an East Texas-based patent enforcement company that, as Joe Mullin reports this week at IP Law & Business, just filed an infringement suit against seven big Internet companies, including Google, Amazon, and MySpace. Garrod's using the folks from McKool Smith--well-known for bold representation of IP plaintiffs--to prosecute Bedrock's case.
by: zoobabzoobab
21 Jun 2009 12:45
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Software patents are not currently available in New Zealand, although several companies have tried to get “by the back door”, i.e. by tying the software idea they want to patent to some piece of hardware. A software patent is a state-enforced monopoly on a idea. They exist in the US and some other countries, but not in many places including New Zealand. We don’t need or want them here.
by: zoobabzoobab
19 Jun 2009 19:30
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Claim: (Ex Parte Borenstein) A method for providing catalog information for presentation to a user of a store in an electronic commerce system, comprising the steps of... BPAI: while the storage of information in independent claim 1 could arguably be done as a mental process, the recitation of a structured relationship between multiple stores that requires “path information” inherently implies that this information must be stored on a computer or database. This “particular” computer or database is sufficient structure to meet the machine prong of the machine-or-transformation test of In re Bilski. As independent claim 15 recites a computer program product, it is not a method claim that must be analyzed under In re Bilski.
by: zoobabzoobab
19 Jun 2009 19:09
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Allies of the free Codec did not leave this provocative statement uncontested for long: Greg Maxwell from Xiph published a comparison between H.263/H.264 and the current Theora version on his homepage. He came to the conclusion that Theora’s smaller bitrate clearly cuts better than the currently used on Youtube H.263 Codec and the patent protected H.264 Codec. Maxwell also received support from Mozilla developers and Wikimedia fans. David Gerard emphasized that the MPEG LA would begin to charge license fees for streaming with H.264. For this reason, many fear Codec will not indefinitely possess the capability of being used easily anymore. A crucial point on possible alternatives to Theora was brought up by free consultant Silvia Pfeiffer and explained that the danger of a submarine patent in Theora is very low.
by: zoobabzoobab
18 Jun 2009 15:06
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It’s not just about the profits of the pharmaceutical industry. The proposed alternative to pharmaceutical patents starts from the fact that the big pharmaceutical companies officially admit they only spend 15% of their revenues on research, to suggest that the governments could take 20% of what they currently spend on drugs (which is a lot of money!) and allocate it to pharmaceutical research, with the results free to anyone. However, the Pirate Party is the only political party to have asserted that all kind of patents have to be abolished, not only the pharmaceutical patents and the software patents!
by: zoobabzoobab
17 Jun 2009 22:53
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The next time that the European Parliament sits, its members will include Christian Engstrom, an entrepreneur turned activist who has been an anti-patent lobbyist for the past five years. If the Pirates receive a second seat, Engstrom will be joined by Amelia Andersdotter, whom Falkvinge describes as "one of the brightest minds we have in the Pirate Party." She will also be the youngest member ever elected to the European Parliament if she sits.
by: zoobabzoobab
17 Jun 2009 22:51
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The New Zealand government has proposed allowing unlimited software patenting. They are accepting comments until July 2nd, but participation from the people who will be harmed seems very low. The details of how to participate can be found on swpat.org: http://en.swpat.org/wiki/New_Zealand Participation of the free software community is particularly important because, although SME federations and consumer rights groups are sometimes the most influential lobbies against software patents, it's often the free software community that raises awareness of the issue and gets these other groups moving. The July 2nd deadline is very close, so work is needed now.
by: zoobabzoobab
17 Jun 2009 22:11
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Patent Trolls are an ever-growing threat to global innovation. These IP aggregators purchase low-quality patents and use them as leverage to hijack potential revenue and profits from hardware and software companies, our largest economic driver. This causes entrepreneurs to reconsider launching companies, while CEOs devote more of their time and resources to managing intellectual property. New online and offline tools and services are becoming available to combat Patent Trolls and enable technology companies to focus on their core business.
by: zoobabzoobab
15 Jun 2009 15:04
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OS News reports that Debian developer Josselin Mouette got Tomboy accepted as a dependency for gnome in the next release of Debian (codenamed Squeeze). While that may seem like nothing big (except for the 50 MByte size of the Tomboy package), Tomboy requires Mono — meaning that Mono will now be installed by default. Apparently, Debian doesn't have the same concerns over using specifications patented by Microsoft and licensed under undisclosed terms that Red Hat does. Perhaps Debian doesn't believe that Microsoft might do something like Rambus did.
by: zoobabzoobab
15 Jun 2009 14:21
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Now you have the option to acquire Xandros Desktop offerings together with Microsoft patent assurance. This assurance enables you to use Xandros Desktop software with confidence. This program is available for $50. Learn more by reading Microsoft's covenant. Would you like to purchase patent protection for your Xandros Desktop? Yes, please tell me more No, just continue with my Xandros Desktop purchase
by: zoobabzoobab
15 Jun 2009 10:54
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“Now you have the option to acquire Xandros Desktop offerings together with Microsoft patent assurance. This assurance enables you to use Xandros Desktop software with confidence. This program is available for $50. Learn more by reading Microsoft’s covenant.” “How much does the same thing cost for SLED?” This even links to Microsoft’s Web site. Nice, eh? What a pleasant experience purchasing GNU/Linux from Xandros. This also applies to Linspire, which Xandros bought. They sell Debian with a Microsoft licence for imaginary software patents.
by: zoobabzoobab
15 Jun 2009 10:51
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Wondering if the questions the EU Council of Ministers want to ask the ECJ about the unified patent litigation system have been made public
by: zoobabzoobab
12 Jun 2009 17:43
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The bottom line is that, after a plaintiff-patentee has had a reasonable opportunity to review the source code for the defendant’s accused software product, the patentee’s time for trolling the proverbial waters for a theory of infringement comes to an end, and the patentee must fish or cut bait with respect to its specific theory of infringement by providing PICs to the defendant that clearly identify and explain how the source code for the accused product infringes upon specific claims for the patent-in-suit. For DSC, trolling time is over.
by: zoobabzoobab
12 Jun 2009 10:38
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