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How is dissatisfaction voiced in a technocratic organizations where staff is obliged to shut up? The latest EPO Gazette is a wonderful example.
by: arebentiarebenti
05 Mar 2008 10:35
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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
2 by arebentiarebenti
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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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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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 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!
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!
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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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!
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 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!