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Tom Callaway, long time packager for Redhat, is warning that the company cannot include some games in the distribution because of software patents. A patent seems to cover a game where "targets" move across the screen to a predetermined point or line, where the player hits a button/key/mouse click as the target(s) crosses that point or line, and gets points.
by: zoobabzoobab
17 Jan 2008 00:34
3 by zoobabzoobab
18 Jan 2008 20:23 Jump!
The agenda of the College of Commissioners of today indicates that the Commission is voting on a proceeding under art 81 of the EC Treaty. Is it the rubberstamping of the Microsoft-Kroes patent deal?
by: zoobabzoobab
19 Dec 2007 13:08
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The EPO has a page on its website about "Computer-Implemented Inventions (CII)" where they answer the question "Why are such programs not patentable in Europe?". Unfortunately, the answer does not reflect the law, but the EPO interpretation of the law.
by: zoobabzoobab
18 Dec 2007 13:47
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The EPO will held its next European Patent Forum and European Inventor of the Year 2008 in Ljubljana. The event will be co-organised by the European Patent Office, the government of Slovenia, the Slovenian Intellectual Property Office and the European Commission. Slovenia will hold the EU Council Presidency in the first half of 2008. The EPO is already lobbying the Slovenian Presidency to get a central court to validate software patents.
by: zoobabzoobab
11 Dec 2007 16:21
4 by zoobabzoobab
13 Dec 2007 20:34 Jump!
Prof. Magliocca compares 19th century problems with "patent sharks" to today's problems with "patent trolls" and suggests the only politically acceptable path out of today's problems may be the path taken out of the 19th century problems, i.e. elimination of the class of patents that triggered the problems. He provides tons of interesting context, but here's one of his proposals: "If the historical parallel between sharks and trolls rings true, then the obvious implication is that repeal is the only real answer to the troll problem. This is does not mean that we should wipe out all technology patents. A more discriminating approach would focus on the most problematic of these patents, which deal with software and business methods. Critics of the recent expansion of patent subject matter into these areas might describe this “experiment” as a disaster on a par with the design patent fiasco of the 1860s."
by: zoobabzoobab
13 Dec 2007 13:35
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The Free Software Foundation is warning on its frontpage that the US-Peru Free Trade Agreement is requiring a mandate for software patents. Does someone has a copy of the text?
by: zoobabzoobab
19 Nov 2007 09:20
4 by andreasrandreasr
11 Dec 2007 17:34 Jump!
EPO rules for full revocation after a hearing in the opposition of the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII e.V.) against Amazon.com's infamous patent on the online purchase of gifts. The patent EP927945 is a descendant of the controversial One-Click Patent, which was granted to Amazon in the USA but was partially revoked there due to lack of novelty in October 2007.
by: zoobabzoobab
11 Dec 2007 11:49
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Thoughts are still free. But patenting the brain would make a real difference.
by: podmoklepodmokle
07 Dec 2007 02:31
2 by zoobabzoobab
08 Dec 2007 11:11 Jump!
The One Laptop Per Child project is being sued for patent infringement over some keyboard function which allows to switch from one language to another. But the project claims that all patents used in the laptops are either owned by OLPC or properly licenced.
by: zoobabzoobab
29 Nov 2007 14:28
2 by Anonymous
07 Dec 2007 11:55 Jump!
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 13:13
2 by Anonymous
07 Dec 2007 11:46 Jump!
ScienceBusiness is organizing in march 2008 in Brussels an open discussion of new ideas for reforming the patent system in Europe. You can submit proposals for discussion.
by: zoobabzoobab
04 Dec 2007 14:31
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Some of the fundamental basics any software engineer should know when thinking about how damaging the patent system is to his/her job.
by: davidbldavidbl
30 Nov 2007 15:12
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Microsoft has just published a section on their website about 'Open Source'. Their Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page says software patents are useful for developers.
by: zoobabzoobab
29 Nov 2007 16:08
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The Microsoft key to win the software patent debate is to divide and conquer. Here is how they plan to win.
by: zoobabzoobab
23 Nov 2007 17:56
3 by Anonymous
25 Nov 2007 09:39 Jump!
TheRegister has a story on the company InRotis, a client of Beresford, who withdrawn from the attempt to revert software patents in UK because its pending software patent was granted by the EPO. Nice way to bypass the UK ban on software patents.
by: zoobabzoobab
17 Nov 2007 23:01
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There is still heavy internal discussions going on whether to use the C-Word. A World Cup of CII was organized by IENA which kindly pointed to FFII ressources.
by: arebentiarebenti
12 Nov 2007 11:03
2 by pieterhpieterh
13 Nov 2007 11:17 Jump!
FFII has submitted its objections in writing to the Opposition division of the EPO on their preliminary ruling over the patentability of the Amazon one-click patent. The actual practice of the EPO is not a legal foundation for reasoning of the Opposition Division, article 100a EPC is.
by: zoobabzoobab
07 Nov 2007 17:48
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EU Commissioner Kroes' deal with Microsoft creates real dangers to Europe's growing open source economy, warns the FFII. Using patent licenses that exclude businesses, the software monopolist has turned the EU competition ruling into a victory, and now gets implicit support from the Commission to proceed aggressively against its competitors.
by: zoobabzoobab
23 Oct 2007 10:11
2 by Anonymous
06 Nov 2007 15:47 Jump!
Linux.com is reporting about the launch of a End of Software Patents (ESP) campaign in the United States. It seems that the group will try to reach its objective by creating caselaw at the US Supreme Court. Finally some movement against Software Patents in the US.
by: zoobabzoobab
01 Nov 2007 12:13
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In this video Mark Webbink explains how historically software was never meant to be but was patented in the US for the first time and how after the US anti-trust case Microsoft resorted to software patents as a way of legally obtaining an anti-competitive weapon. (and explains why it is heavy lobbying to legitimize their software patents in the EU, which the EPO has been granting illegaly.)
by: davidbldavidbl
28 Oct 2007 14:46
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