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Justice Stevens probably deserves more credit than any other justice for the innovations of the last three decades. And given how central those technologies have become to the American economy, Stevens' tech policy work may prove one of his most enduring legacies. In this feature, we review Justice Stevens's tech policy decisions and salute the justice who helped make possible DRM-free media devices, uncensored Internet connections, free software, and much more.
by: ggiedkeggiedke
03 Jul 2010 10:45
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The Legal Commission of the European Parliament has called on the Commission to submit a proposal for a European Patent Court based on Art 118 TFEU.
by: phmphm
02 Jun 2010 07:32
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Before and after the Supreme Court Hearing in Bilski vs Kappos, summaries and opinion pieces about the case, its merits and possible consequences abound. Here's a collection..
by: ggiedkeggiedke
09 Nov 2009 18:24
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In Japan, the software patent system has been reformed and now software has become a patentable subject matter. In this paper, this pro-patent shift on software is surveyed and its impact on software innovation is analyzed.
by: ggiedkeggiedke
07 Nov 2009 15:28
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IP attorneys Steven J. Henry and Eric L. Amundsen //"step up to the plate and explain why, in their view, based on their experience as IP attorneys, the sky will not fall no matter how Bilski is decided"//. Counterarguments by PJ.
by: ggiedkeggiedke
29 Sep 2009 07:40
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September 24th software professionals around the world will celebrate the annual World Day against Software Patents. This year the Swedish EU Presidency happens to contributes a minister consultation to the #ssp09 celebrations with an aim to "[review] Community innovation policy in a changing world".
by: arebentiarebenti
18 Sep 2009 20:47
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by: zoobabzoobab
03 Jul 2009 18:36
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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 09:16
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by: gerdamigerdami
28 Mar 2009 18:11
2 by pieterhpieterh
28 Mar 2009 19:10 Jump!
Just two days before Microsoft and Novell signed a controversial deal in 2006, the two sides still hadn't figured out a way to make peace over Linux without violating the licensing terms that govern the open-source operating system. The terms of the GNU General Public License made it tough for Microsoft to get paid a royalty for each copy of Linux that Novell sold and also made it tough for Microsoft to offer patent protection to Novell without giving it to all users of Linux. But, just hours before it hoped to announce a deal, Microsoft workers thought up an end-run around the provision. Instead of protecting Novell, Microsoft hit on the idea of offering legal protection to Novell's customers.
by: zoobabzoobab
25 Mar 2009 13:49
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The president of the European Patent Organisation has referred a number of questions to the Enlarged Board of Appeal
by: bustpatentsbustpatents
11 Feb 2009 18:45
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Public interest groups and scholars are piecing together the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement through leaks and sources. [...] It's becoming clear that the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement is not, as backers have suggested, just a minor tuneup to worldwide intellectual property law [...]. [...] none of the countries involved have seen fit to release much in the way of useful information on the process—To the public, anyway. Based on sources and leaked documents, Knowledge Ecology International now asserts that ACTA drafts are in fact "formally available to cleared corporate lobbyists and informally distributed to corporate lawyers and lobbyists in Europe, Japan, and the US."
by: ggiedkeggiedke
05 Feb 2009 09:16
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An Australian will bring the World Organisation for Intellectual Property back on track.
by: arebentiarebenti
14 May 2008 15:01
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An online advertisement that is a real eyecatcher? Impossible. Abobe goes viral.
by: arebentiarebenti
17 Mar 2008 19:58
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What does concern me, however, is that we have in End Software Patents an organisation that is in search of easy headlines and so is not overly concerned with producing accurate figures. Instead, it seems to me, it is looking for big numbers that will help it to get publicity. It knows that most of the journalists and editors who read its press releases will not read its study; but it knows that, even if they do, they will not have spent much time covering IP issues and will be unlikely to find anything wrong in what is being claimed.
by: zoobabzoobab
03 Mar 2008 10:32
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That's actually been fairly clear from Microsoft's refusal to explicitly list, either publicly or privately, what patent numbers it supposedly claims that the Linux kernel infringes. That reminds people too much of SCO's refusal to list any of the "millions of lines" of UNIX SVRX source code that Linux supposedly copied.
by: zoobabzoobab
04 Feb 2008 16:16
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The German Parliament, Bundestag, investigated the spending on IT infrastructure of the German Patent Office (DPMA).
by: arebentiarebenti
26 Jan 2008 19:56
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by: zoobabzoobab
25 Jan 2008 15:12
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A report on "Cultural Industries" will be adopted next Tuesday in the European Parliament (CULT committee) which could request internet filtering all over Europe. The amendment is proposed by MEP Christopher Heaton-Harris. Some other amendments also covers "P2P website designers". It might be a good idea to contact MEPs members of CULT and ask them to reject this intrusive proposal.
by: pachybytespachybytes
16 Jan 2008 11:47
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Mr B's trip to London... what did he say, and what do those puzzled expressions on the audience's face mean? Write the best caption, win a meaningless prize...
by: pieterhpieterh
09 Oct 2007 19:27
4 by pieterhpieterh
18 Oct 2007 14:47 Jump!