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Recently the EU's patent establishment has been calling for a "Community instrument" for unification of patent caselaw, and thereby distanced itself from the previously espoused EPLA text.
by: phmphm
01 Nov 2006 11:41
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03 Nov 2006 16:11 Jump!
Swedish members of parliament have tabled motions against software patents and for privatisation of the patent examination system, similar in spirit to demands that have been formulated by the FFII.
by: phmphm
02 Nov 2006 21:39
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EPLA in the Parliament, but experts say the software industry is not yet dead.
by: pieterhpieterh
21 Sep 2006 13:51
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German officials seized MP3 players from SanDisk's booth at the IFA show in Berlin after an Italian patents firm won an injunction against the company.
by: pieterhpieterh
05 Sep 2006 07:51
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Apple licenses obvious music player patents from a small Vermont company.
by: pieterhpieterh
02 Sep 2006 08:20
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The Staff Union of the EPO sent a letter to the President of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek, warning of risks integrated into the accession of the European Union to the European Patent Convention (EPC). They warn that the European Parliament can be circumvented as a legislator in patent law.
by: zoobabzoobab
11 May 2010 15:01
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The Foundation for a Free Informational Infrastructure (FFII) and IP Justice filed an Amicus Curiae Brief to the U.S. Supreme Court. The case Bilski v. Kappos is expected to become a landmark ruling on the future of the U.S. patent system. The joint Brief explains the interlink of software and business methods, and points out alternatives to the so called Machine-or-Transformation test used for categorizing patents.
by: zoobabzoobab
07 Oct 2009 12:14
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In its Amicus Brief to the US Supreme Court on the Bilski case, IBM is arguing that "patent protection has promoted the free sharing of source code [...] which has fueled the explosive growth of open source software development."
by: zoobabzoobab
02 Sep 2009 22:30
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By reading the Amicus Brief of IBM to the CAFC, it is pretty clear that the machine tranformation test which allows software patents and ban business method patents was invented by IBM lawyers.
by: zoobabzoobab
03 Jul 2009 17:34
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The US Supreme Court will soon hear Bilski on why software and business method patents are so good for the US economy. I was trying to find out where the Bilski's pending patent application was published, and I ended up writing to the new USPTO President and ex-IBM David Kappos. I finally got an answer from a USPTO official that the Bilski's pending patent application cannot be seen by the public.
by: zoobabzoobab
22 Jun 2009 12:34
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In its edition of IP Value 2007, the Intellectual Asset Magazine (IAM) was publishing an article about the Reform of European Patent System, where an expert mentions that the push for the EPLA is coming from the pro-software patents lobby.
by: zoobabzoobab
09 Jun 2009 10:49
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The European Commission is pushing for software patents via a centralised trusted patent court that would be created with the United Patent Litigation System (UPLS), an international treaty that would remove national courts. This court system would be shielded against any review by the European Court of Justice (ECJ). Thus patent judges would have the last word on software patents.
by: zoobabzoobab
12 May 2009 13:30
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The European Commission is organising a conference dedicated to "Make IPR work for SMEs" next Monday in Brussels. You can here submit your questions for next Monday on how to "Make software patents work for SMEs".
by: zoobabzoobab
22 Apr 2009 11:25
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The OGG Theroa Licence contains some provisions on patent licensing. On2, the owner of the patent, basically waive its rights to enforce the patent.
by: zoobabzoobab
04 Nov 2008 17:46
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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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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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A job offer by the EPO recruiting software patent examiners appeared recently on Monster.be. But the EPO don't grant software patents.
by: zoobabzoobab
14 Nov 2007 10:12
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Keith Beresford, well known british hacker of the European Patent Convention and author of the book "Patenting Software Under the European Patent Convention", is trying to reverse the Macrossan case in front of the High Court in UK.
by: zoobabzoobab
12 Nov 2007 15:11
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FFII is currently opposing the Amazon one-click patent (EP927945) at the European Patent Office based on subject matter exclusion (EPC art52.2 - exclusion of computer programs from the field of patentability). This broad software patent is listed n°10 on the FFII's webshop poster and impacts any webshop running on the internet. The Opposition division made a preliminary decision last 30 July. Guess how they replied to FFII's opposition: just add a computer to your computer program, and the EPO will give you a computer program patent.
by: zoobabzoobab
18 Oct 2007 10:44
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The European Patent Office has just published its online PDF version of the 4 scenarios for the future. There is no doubt that the recent struggles over the practice of the Office on software and gene patents, as well as the strikes of the examiners and the flood of patents, has pushed the President Pompidou to initiate this report.
by: zoobabzoobab
12 Jun 2007 16:04
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