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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 inister consultation to the #ssp09 celebrations with an aim to "[review] Community innovation policy in a changing world".
by: arebentiarebenti
18 Sep 2009 19:15
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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
18 Aug 2009 14:29
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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 12:01
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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 09:02
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The US Supreme Court will soon hear re:Bilski which has widely discussed implications for software and business method patenting in the US. Benjamin Henrion was trying to find out where the Bilski pending patent application was published, and he ended up writing to the new USPTO President David Kappos who came from IBM. He finally got an answer from an USPTO official: Bilski's pending patent application has to stay secret under US publication rules.
by: zoobabzoobab
22 Jun 2009 11:53
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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 10:51
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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 20:13
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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 09:17
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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 11:53
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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 12:13
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Brussels & Munich, 1st April 2009 -- 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 16:14
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The European Commission has issued a communication asking for the creation of the Community Patent in order for "ICT companies to protect their inventions in the single market". Large companies were rejecting the software patent directive, aiming to validate software patents via the Community Patent and skip the debate about patentable subject matter.
by: zoobabzoobab
18 Mar 2009 13:01
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Google has published a statement on their Public Policy Blog stating that 90% of companies suing them for patent infringement were non practicing entities, or patent trolls. Google goes on by clarifying that in lots of cases, the patents are "invented" by the patent lawyers themselves.
by: zoobabzoobab
05 Mar 2009 16:57
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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 13:40
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The European Patent Office does not only grant software patents, it also lobbies the legislators to validate them through the creation of a central patent court.
by: zoobabzoobab
01 Dec 2008 13:42
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Examiners of the European Patent Office have recently invaded one of the secret meetings of the Administrative Council with chocolate coins, pointing to the conflict of interests between the National Patent Offices (NPOs) and their appetite of "more patents, more money".
by: zoobabzoobab
17 Nov 2008 13:13
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The new US-President wants to improve "predictability and clarity" in the patent system as well as "patent quality". His reforms would "reduce the uncertainty and wasteful litigation that is currently a significant drag on innovation"
by: arebentiarebenti
07 Nov 2008 20:49
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ACTA, a multi-lateral treaty currently being discussed secretly behind closed doors, might export the dangerous IPRED1 directive to the United States, which allow patent trolls in Europe to preventively freeze bank accounts of a company in case of "suspicion of infringement".
by: zoobabzoobab
03 Nov 2008 09:22
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German television 3sat has a reportage about software patents. A german programmer highlights that software patents ruin investment in software development.
by: zoobabzoobab
03 Nov 2008 09:13
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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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