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Jonathan Schwartz, CEO of Sun Microsystems, is announcing that the company is countersuing NetApp for patent infringement. NetApp is currently suing Sun for patent violation over their ZFS file system. Jonathan is asking the question whether "ZFS Puts Net App Viability at Risk?". That might be the wrong question, but at least he is thinking about patent reform.
by: zoobabzoobab
25 Oct 2007 10:06
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Try to make a patent search during the night hours at EPOLine, the wonderful crappy service from the European Patent Office and get nice messages.
by: zoobabzoobab
16 Oct 2007 17:29
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In an article published by EETimes, Marshall Phelps is mentioning that Microsoft has been busy for the last 18 months to buy patents instead of applying for them for a total amount of USD 1.4 billion. Not bad.
by: zoobabzoobab
16 Oct 2007 10:15
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Let's replace the word tax by patents in the speech of Charlie McCreevy, ex-minister for Finances in Ireland and Commissioner for Internal Market.
by: Anonymous
15 Oct 2007 16:59
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The head of the Philips patent department has been one of the driving force behind a report ordered by the European Commission on "Removing barriers for a better use of IPR by SMEs" published in August and recently linked in the newsletter published by the European Commission's Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry. Philips, the most aggressive company when it comes to software patents, was already one of the main driver behind a similar chapter on 'how to better educate SMEs to use software patents' in the controversial report of the ICT Task Force.
by: zoobabzoobab
11 Oct 2007 17:33
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Brad Smith, one of the top Microsoft lawyer, mentioned the patent strategy of the firm in order to license their patented protocols to competitors.
by: zoobabzoobab
18 Sep 2007 09:22
5 by zoobabzoobab
20 Sep 2007 14:16 Jump!
Joff Wild is reporting the IBM SoftIP idea, and more interestingly, the IBM view on EPLA: "There are serious concerns that EPLA as currently proposed will be favourable to patent trolls on the one hand and a poor forum for consideration of highly valuable patents on the other."
by: Anonymous
23 Jul 2007 16:23
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A Swedish patent troll is asking small firms for 100.000 Eur and a cut of future revenues for using a pretty obvious database with links to Internet.
by: bossonbosson
11 Jul 2007 10:02
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The EPO is organising a conference in Brussels the day before the 2 years anniversary of the rejection of the directive.
by: zoobabzoobab
22 Jun 2007 15:10
2 by Anonymous
25 Jun 2007 16:24 Jump!
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced the launch of the Peer Review Pilot, a project that is intended to improve the process of examining applications for computer technology patents.
by: Anonymous
08 Jun 2007 22:25
2 by podmoklepodmokle
15 Jun 2007 11:23 Jump!
A recently report by EPO staff representatives blames the EPO Admin Council for "an attempt to weaken and even to dismantle the EPO to the benefit of national offices."
by: pieterhpieterh
11 Jun 2007 11:41
7 by podmoklepodmokle
15 Jun 2007 11:10 Jump!
The European Parliament is hosting a workshop on the Patent System next week in Brussels. The published draft report contains some part on software patents which would need some corrections.
by: zoobabzoobab
08 Jun 2007 14:55
2 by pieterhpieterh
09 Jun 2007 11:17 Jump!
German Judge Melullis has made an intervention on software patents during the 13th Symposium of European Patent Judges, organised by the EPO.
by: zoobabzoobab
08 May 2007 10:38
3 by Anonymous
13 May 2007 21:46 Jump!
When you are member of the European Parliament and a patent attorney you could serve the public interest rather than the patent industry. Sharon Bowles is very proud to be on the right side.
by: podmoklepodmokle
02 May 2007 12:55
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According to its IPR watch list USA wants EU-member state Hungary to link 'marketing approvals' for pharmaceuticals to patent infringement and announced to interfere into Hungarian affairs.
by: podmoklepodmokle
01 May 2007 15:33
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The EPO claims on its website that "the savings in litigation costs would benefit all patent holders across Europe" in the case of the EPLA. What they do not tell you is what happens for defendants.
by: zoobabzoobab
27 Apr 2007 12:52
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David Sant, former EPO lobbyist in Brussels, is admitting that the EPLA is a new way to get software patents legalised in Europe.
by: zoobabzoobab
25 Apr 2007 14:49
2 by zoobabzoobab
25 Apr 2007 15:05 Jump!
Segolene Royal, socialist candidate for the presidential french elections, mentions EPO lobbying the European Parliament in her answer to the questionnaire written by the initiative candidats.fr.
by: zoobabzoobab
12 Apr 2007 21:42
2 by podmoklepodmokle
21 Apr 2007 23:09 Jump!
IPwatch has an interesting article quoting one Microsoft representative saying that companies should lobby on patent law in order to reduce their litigation costs.
by: zoobabzoobab
14 Apr 2007 11:13
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Oracle has joined the "Maginot Line" project, as known as the Open Invention Network, that aims to protect the Linux project against patent attackers in order to countersue. The only problem is that this stategy does not work with patent trolls.
by: zoobabzoobab
06 Apr 2007 16:16
2 by Anonymous
06 Apr 2007 18:54 Jump!