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The New York Times has an article about the recent Bilski decision. The USPTO has requested a change in the title of the article.
by: zoobabzoobab
03 Nov 2008 00:09
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The decision on the Bilski case has been published by the specialized patent court in the US (CAFC - Court of Appeal of the Federal Circuit). The judges says that the Bilski case is not helpful to draw the line between what is patentable and what is not in the case of software patents.
by: zoobabzoobab
30 Oct 2008 19:14
3 by zoobabzoobab
30 Oct 2008 23:18 Jump!
This was the title of an article written one year ago. Here is the end, which is happening nowadays: "What does this mean for the patent system? David Martin points out that three separate bubbles are about to pop at the same time: consumer debt, mortgage debt, and patent debt. Each of these bubbles will cause enormous damage to those institutions who were over-committed, and most certainly to those who helped create the bubble. The patent offices will not go unrewarded for helping to create another Great Depression, by printing trillions of Euro worth of funny money."
by: zoobabzoobab
29 Sep 2008 17:22
6 by arebentiarebenti
21 Oct 2008 18:21 Jump!
Several organisations in Bangalore are organising a meeting to discuss the dubious plans of the Indian Patent Office to adopt the same infamous 'technical effect' doctrine of the EPO. The Indian patent law is a copy/paste from the European Patent Convention, containing the 'as such' provision. The Patent Office said it would organise a public meeting, but it seems that organisations prefer to organise their own meeting.
by: zoobabzoobab
27 Sep 2008 22:30
2 by zoobabzoobab
01 Oct 2008 09:04 Jump!
The Adobe's position on software patents seems to have changed since 1994. Or maybe the current one is influenced by the patent department?
by: zoobabzoobab
24 Sep 2008 13:10
3 by zoobabzoobab
29 Sep 2008 05:04 Jump!
Some german contributors sent us some nice SSP wallpapers for your desktop background. So that you remember that the issue of fighting software patents is a daily task. Enjoy!
by: zoobabzoobab
27 Sep 2008 22:52
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The Daily Background has published an article mentioning that McCain wants to hire Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer. McCain is advised by ultra-pro software patents advocates, and he shows now that he is very close to large corporations.
by: zoobabzoobab
20 Sep 2008 22:10
3 by arebentiarebenti
27 Sep 2008 12:34 Jump!
Open Source is gaining ground in patent offices. For most patent technocrats "open source" is a synonym of "we don't want software patents".
by: arebentiarebenti
26 Sep 2008 21:49
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Alcatel-Lucent again failed to enforce their Nr. 5,341,457, one of the patents they claim is related to MP3, against Microsoft. Thus Microsoft does not have to pay more than one billion.
by: arebentiarebenti
26 Sep 2008 10:01
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The Government of New Zealand is proposing a set of amendments to the national patent law, none of them clearly mentions the exclusions of software from the field of patentability. The Government claims that Free Trade Agreements and other international treaties require software patents in New Zealand.
by: zoobabzoobab
24 Sep 2008 18:00
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Half of the patent applications are filed by only 3% of the applicants. Which means that at least half of the patent applications are filed by large corporations.
by: zoobabzoobab
23 Sep 2008 18:38
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Examiners of the European Patent Office will demonstrate against the broken governance of the Office next wednesday 18th September in Brussels. It seems that the management of the EPO is meeting in Brussels next 17th-19th September, probably behind closed doors, the EPO is such a transparent organisation.
by: zoobabzoobab
08 Sep 2008 09:57
6 by zoobabzoobab
23 Sep 2008 18:20 Jump!
On Thursday, 18 September 2008, staff members of the European Patent Office (EPO) demonstrated in Brussels for a reform of its supervisory board. Examiners are complaining about the broken governance of the Institution. Examiners do not trust neither members of the Administrative Council, neither their President Brimelow. A patent examiner confessed that most of them were against software patents but as civil servants they were not allowed to speak out publicly about their concerns.
by: zoobabzoobab
19 Sep 2008 16:25
3 by zoobabzoobab
23 Sep 2008 17:59 Jump!
EPO examiners were asking for the demission of the President of the EPO, Alison Brimelow. Very vew examiners believes she is doing something to tackle quality problems of the EPO. EPO does not stand anymore for quality patents, but for progress (bars) and profit.
by: zoobabzoobab
23 Sep 2008 17:43
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The Patently-O blog mentions that the judgment on the Bilski case will be published in October. Chief Judge Michel said: "I think it will be a very significant decision. It probably will have broader scope than either In re Comiskey or In re Nuijten".
by: zoobabzoobab
23 Sep 2008 16:41
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I was arguing at the recent Knowright2008 conference in Krakow (Poland) why software authors lost their rights with software patents. I was explaining why the Berne Convention which protects software under a copyright regime (for source code and binary code) does not give space for software patents.
by: zoobabzoobab
21 Sep 2008 14:59
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It matters which sort of legal protection you take. Felix van Kourten argues why patent law suits software so badly and why we are better off with copyright law. Oct 10 he will speak at the Kiel Linux and Open Source Days.
by: arebentiarebenti
21 Sep 2008 03:11
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100 T-shirts with the Red Dove and the Stop Software Patents slogan arrive tomorrow at the Brussels office, so pre-order yours! The previous yellow one is a collector now.
by: zoobabzoobab
16 Sep 2008 06:24
2 by zoobabzoobab
17 Sep 2008 23:52 Jump!
According to an EPO internal staff survey of June 2008, only 9% of the EPO examiners believes that "Brimelow and the Vice-Presidents actively promote patent quality". Brimelow is progressing, since Alain Pompidou, the former President, had a trust of only 7%.
by: zoobabzoobab
15 Sep 2008 11:48
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A report has been completed. It says, the inventive steps required to qualify for patents should be considerable, and the resulting patents must be well defined, as to mininise litigation and maximise the scope for subsequent innovators. In particular software and business method patenting is an Australian concern.
by: arebentiarebenti
12 Sep 2008 12:04
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