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Why go to the effort of developing new software when you can use patents to extort other companies? A story about FireStar Software, which has not updated its software since 2003, preferring to rely on lawyers rather than programmers, to assure its income...
by: pieterhpieterh
17 Jul 2008 06:12
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Recently I found this picture of patented wheels. Just for history I post it here.
by: zoobabzoobab
14 Jul 2008 10:23
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The EPO Gazette reports that some MEPs members of the Legal Affairs committee visited the EPO in early June. Questions were raised on the democratic control of the Office, and how the Alicante model of the OHIM could also apply to the EPO. One MEP mentioned that the EPO is also taking political decisions.
by: zoobabzoobab
04 Jul 2008 09:07
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If you don't trust the OSP (Open Specification Promise), ask for a patent licence at Microsoft. "If you would prefer a written license, or if the formats are not covered by the OSP, patent licenses are available by contacting iplg@microsoft.com" they say on their website.
by: zoobabzoobab
30 Jun 2008 15:26
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Simon Gentry is back in software patents lobbying. Now his role is to push for legalisation of software patents via the creation of central patent court in Europe.
by: zoobabzoobab
22 Jun 2008 22:42
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The Commission agreed with its transatlantic counterparts on a road map to patent harmonisation, during the TEC 13 May, but did not publish the document. Now its out.
by: arebentiarebenti
18 Jun 2008 12:49
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19 Jun 2008 17:58 Jump!
EICTA has a new President. Guess from which small european company he is from.
by: zoobabzoobab
05 Jun 2008 13:39
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Brussels, 13 May 2008 -- European Commissioner McCreevy is pushing for a bilateral patent treaty with the United States. This Tuesday 13 May in Brussels, White House and European representatives will try to adopt a tight roadmap for the signature of a EU-US patent treaty by the end of the year. Parts of the proposed treaty will contain provision on software patents, and could legalise them on both sides of the Atlantic.
by: zoobabzoobab
13 May 2008 18:05
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22 May 2008 10:04 Jump!
EUPACO-3 is the next conference in our series to provide insights into the future of the European patent system. The format of the conference will be different from previous editions, as it allows stronger interaction with the audience and possibility of taking the floor. General topics for further discussions: - Community Patent: EU in the EPO, or EPO in the EU? - Patent Litigation in Europe: on the road to Texas?
by: zoobabzoobab
19 May 2008 18:24
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Pr John Duffy, speaker at Eupaco2, seems to defend patentability of business method patents.
by: zoobabzoobab
12 May 2008 10:07
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Commissioner Mandelson interferes into internal matters of Thailand on behalf of the pharma industry. The European Parliament groups are dissatisfied.
by: arebentiarebenti
11 May 2008 21:08
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Brad Smith continues its FUD spreading, wants to tax RedHat. The only solution for Microsoft to tax linux is software patents. Microsoft wants to render GPL free software non-free. The message is clear.
by: zoobabzoobab
28 Mar 2008 01:35
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The examination guidelines of the US patent office in 1968 were mandating examiners to reject software patents. The law is still the same, but the USPTO practice changed with the CAFC decisions.
by: zoobabzoobab
27 Mar 2008 11:10
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The Council and the Commission has answered a question from an italian MEP Marco Cappato on the quality of patents granted, and the future Community patent. The National Patent Offices who are populating the Working Group on Patents of the Council have really few things to say about patent quality.
by: zoobabzoobab
29 Feb 2008 15:06
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04 Mar 2008 17:25 Jump!
The USPTO is arguing against business method patents in the CAFC banc review of subject matter, while trying to keep software patents on track.
by: zoobabzoobab
17 Feb 2008 10:49
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Pretty thorough interview with some nice comments on patents and innovation.
by: ggiedkeggiedke
08 Feb 2008 15:35
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Joff Wild, chief editor of the IAM magazine, admits on his blog that the creation of a central patent court in Europe will be instrumental in legalizing software patents.
by: zoobabzoobab
04 Feb 2008 11:51
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For the past six years, Microsoft has evolved it’s thinking about open source software. Who would have thought six years ago that Microsoft would support Linux through a patent program with Novell?
by: zoobabzoobab
31 Jan 2008 23:54
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Perspektive89 has interviewed FFII members at the 24th Chaos Communication Congress. Besides some general talk about the activities of the FFII in Brussels, there are few insights into the current campaign against the Microsoft standard ooxml.
by: zoobabzoobab
28 Jan 2008 18:14
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A recent interview of Benoît Battistelli, general director of the French Patent Office INPI, shows that his institution is not only granting patents, but also lobbying the legislator in order to get a Central Court for validating software patents in Europe.
by: zoobabzoobab
24 Jan 2008 17:05
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