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Many patents work in the same way as subprime mortgages and all its derivatives. They create false assets and so false economies that finally develop in important economical crisis. But in the case of patents it is worse indeed, because every patent is potentially a monopoly and a block to the free market.
by: rizoxrizox
15 Aug 2008 20:01
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The EPO will introduce full text search for patents this year.
by: arebentiarebenti
13 Aug 2008 21:51
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A comment on a blog tell us that software patents are on a way to be legalised in India. Microsoft, Infosys, Symantec and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) (nice name :-)) were pushing for software patents at a recent meeting at the Indian Patent Office in Mumbai. RedHat was "shot down" at the meeting.
by: zoobabzoobab
08 Aug 2008 15:55
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EPO says the term "software" is ambiguous, and prefers to use tautology for more clarity. Maybe the European Patent Office has a different dictionary than I have.
by: zoobabzoobab
27 Jul 2008 15:15
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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!
The council of ministers in Belgium has decided last 23rd of May to proceed with the ratification of the London Agreement, in order to scrap the requirement for translations of patents granted in Belgium in Flemish.
by: zoobabzoobab
09 Jun 2008 10:44
3 by aaddadaaddad
23 Aug 2010 08:18 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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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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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!
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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IAM has published a recent article titled "Meet the middlemen" over what they call new business models for making money out of IP. Patent trolls might be a simpler term. The article concludes that the ongoing reform in the US is not gonna change anything.
by: zoobabzoobab
26 Mar 2008 14:29
3 by Gena777Gena777
30 Jan 2010 08:28 Jump!
Today in Senegal, the South African Minister of Public Service Administration, Geraldine Frasier-Moleketi, delivered the following powerful speech to the FOSSFA conference, discussing open standards and software patents.
by: pieterhpieterh
17 Mar 2008 15:34
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