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Alberto Barrionuevo, CEO of the small spanish software company OpenTIA and ex-president of the FFII, had submitted an amicus brief to the Enlarged Board of Appeal in spanish. The European Patent Office has notified him that they are refusing his letter because it was not written in one of the 3 official languages of the EPO.
by: zoobabzoobab
04 Jun 2009 20:24
2 by Richard ThomasRichard Thomas
20 Nov 2010 11:44 Jump!
US Patent 7453593 claims command-line processing by a web server of SOAP requests, resulting in XML responses, from and to a remote client. The HTTP Common Gateway Interface (CGI) operates precisely as described in Claim 1. If you POST a SOAP document and return an XHTML response or a SOAP document, this infringes on Claim 2, since both XHTML and SOAP are XML languages. This patent thus claims to own the processing of SOAP documents by CGI programs.
by: WMGarrisonWMGarrison
20 Mar 2009 09:43
3 by truballer2truballer2
19 Nov 2010 21:32 Jump!
According to a leaked document authored by the European Commission DG Trade, the secret ACTA treaty will reopen the debate on the liabilities of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) over content, as well as trying to achieve criminal sanctions in the EU under the French Presidency Sarkozy. ACTA will also copy/paste harsh provisions of the Fourtou directive, which allow freeze of bank accounts for suspected patent infringements.
by: zoobabzoobab
03 Nov 2008 08:02
3 by truballer2truballer2
19 Nov 2010 21:31 Jump!
Quantity and concentration of patents strengthen the case for legislative reform
by: Anonymous
01 Nov 2007 21:46
3 by cheapnike51comcheapnike51com
30 Oct 2010 01:08 Jump!
Last Wednesday, farmers and software developers were demonstrating in Munich in front of the European Patent Office. Richard Stallman was describing the European Patent Office as a "corrupt and malicious organisation which should not exist".
by: zoobabzoobab
20 Apr 2009 12:25
2 by aaddadaaddad
23 Aug 2010 08:22 Jump!
One of the reason why China is trying to develop new standards for IT is the taxes collected by foreign patent holders.
by: zoobabzoobab
20 Aug 2007 16:32
2 by aaddadaaddad
23 Aug 2010 08:20 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!
The Register reports that Qualcomm has been found guilty in San Diego of ambushing the H.264 video standard with undeclared patents. If this ruling is upheld, we could see the beginning of the end of patent ambushes on standards. Let the vendor beware!
by: pieterhpieterh
09 Aug 2007 06:49
2 by aaddadaaddad
23 Aug 2010 08:13 Jump!
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!
A journalist of WorldIPReview recently asked FFII what were its views of the proposed United Patent Litigation System (UPLS), which is now being questioned by the Council in a submission to the ECJ. FFII had already published a press release mentioning the new push for software patents in Europe via a centralised and trusted court.
by: zoobabzoobab
08 Jul 2009 11:54
After years of confidential work, the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII) today announce a radical way to improve software patent quality: Binaries-As-Prior-Art, or BAPA. BAPA combines a database of billions of compiled computer programs ("binaries") with a powerful Cloud search engine that can find any invention in microseconds.
by: zoobabzoobab
01 Apr 2009 10:21
In this article we revisit the historical 2005 Software Patent Directive, the most heavily lobbied European law ever, and look at Red Hat's public policy statements regarding this law. Our conclusion: Red Hat Instead, they endorsed the propaganda term "Computer Implemented Invention" and they lobbied for amendments that would legislate for, not against, software patents across Europe where the letter of the law still forbade them.
by: WMGarrisonWMGarrison
24 Mar 2009 16:04
17 by zoobabzoobab
28 Mar 2009 12:49 Jump!
Brussels, 17 March 2009 -- At the highest level of the European Patent Office (EPO), the legality of software patents in Europe is about to be tested. The FFII warns that the European Parliament is being bypassed by allowing a decision with EU-wide implications to be made without its involvement or any real debate.
by: zoobabzoobab
17 Mar 2009 08:56
The Council seeks to legalise software patents with the Community Patent, says Mr Pellegrini, ex-advisor of Michel Rocard, former MEP and rapporteur on the rejected software patent directive. The ultimate goal of this move is to create central caselaw on software patents by a specialized patent court.
by: zoobabzoobab
11 Feb 2009 14:18
Shefali Sharma wrote a EED report in which she highlights the role of Trade Agreements for the subversion of democratic decision making over IPR laws.
by: arebentiarebenti
15 Jan 2009 16:58
3 by schestowitzschestowitz
16 Jan 2009 09:29 Jump!
You want to get your software association, software company, software consultancy, software project involved in the 24 September World Day Against Software Patents and are able to speak in the name of your organisation? Please give us your contact data below. Your organisation gets the opportunity to be listed as a supporter for the announcement of the World Day Against Software Patents.
by: zoobabzoobab
28 Aug 2008 17:19
2 by schestowitzschestowitz
28 Aug 2008 19:35 Jump!
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
The EPO will introduce full text search for patents this year.
by: arebentiarebenti
13 Aug 2008 21:51
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
2 by zoobabzoobab
08 Aug 2008 16:02 Jump!
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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