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  • Buying Into Patent Lawsuits
    05/03/2007 12:16PM
    A glimmer of hope from the WashingtonPost: "The most grating fact about many of these lawsuits is that they were brought by companies with little or no record of doing much with their patented innovations. It can seem that patent lawsuits are the last refuge of the incompetent -- and an annoyingly effective ... Read Full Article
  • Book: An Argument Against Software Patents
    10/30/2006 2:45PM
    As reviewed on slashdot, a book that I will have to read: " ... he keeps the theory pretty simple: patents are supposed to maximize the size of the market. If nobody is providing a good, patents should induce somebody to provide, but if many people are providing the good, then a good patent regime shouldn't d ... Read Full Article
  • Blackboard Inc patents concept of E-Learning
    08/28/2006 12:53PM
    At least the fiasco is making the main stream press more and more. This reporter seems to get it to some degree. "It may seem self-evident that virtual classrooms should closely resemble real ones. But a major education software company contends it wasn't always so obvious. And now, in a move that has shaken ... Read Full Article
  • Patent Fiasco before the Supreme Court
    03/30/2006 8:42AM
    As reported by the Washington Post: "The case puts a spotlight on the nation's troubled patent system, which recent studies by the National Academy of Sciences and the Federal Trade Commission have described as plagued by questionable patents and costly litigation." You can read [the full sad story ... Read Full Article
  • Patently Ridiculous
    03/22/2006 1:48PM
    In the New York Times someone has noticed: "Something has gone very wrong with the United States patent system. Americans think of the granting of patents as a benevolent process that lets inventors enjoy the fruits of their hard work and innovations. But times have changed. The definition of what is patentab ... Read Full Article
  • I kid you not, there is actually a company that has patented a THOUGHT.
    03/19/2006 5:41PM
    There are simply no words to describe this stupidity: "... there is the rather bizarre question of whether simply thinking about a patented fact infringes the patent. The idea smacks of thought control, to say nothing of unenforceability. It seems like something out of a novel by Philip K. Dick or Kafka. Bu ... Read Full Article
  • So "Buy it Now" is "patented".
    03/11/2006 11:50AM
    Another day, another patent atrocity: "The federal government yesterday took a position against eBay Inc. in a patent dispute that threatens to shut down one of the online auction site's popular shopping features.The Office of the Solicitor General said in a brief filed with the Supreme Court that eBay willfu ... Read Full Article
  • RIM Legacy: More Patent Wars
    03/06/2006 9:52PM
    As reported by the Red Herring: "The $612.5-million BlackBerry settlement may be a call to arms for both patent holders and patent law reformers. March 6, 2006 Industry watchers said Monday the hefty settlement of a patent lawsuit between [Research In Motion][1] and NTP will lead to increased patent liti ... Read Full Article
  • Finally! Someone in the main stream pressed has noticed. BlackBerry Lawsuit Is Patently Absurd
    02/25/2006 10:09AM
    As /FINALLY/ reported by the Washington Post (on the front cover no doubt): "A jury found RIM guilty of patent infringement back in 2002, and the judge said that's all that really matters in deciding a penalty -- even if NTP is in no position to offer a replacement service to BlackBerry users. This is the kind ... Read Full Article
  • Last of NTP patents tentatively thrown out
    02/02/2006 11:44AM
    As reported by slashdot: *Reuters reports that [the fifth NTP patent has been rejected][1]. What does it say about the US Patent office and software patents that these patents have made it through trials, appeals, etc and only now has the Patent Office decided they weren't any good in the first place?"* From ... Read Full Article
  • Patently Absurd
    01/29/2006 4:45PM
    As reported by Slashdot: *"The Globe and Mail has published an article titled [Patently Absurd, detailing the whole history of the RIM vs. NTP wireless war][1]. It is a blow by blow account of how a dispute that could have been settled for a few million dollars is now 'a billion-dollar dagger hanging over RIM ... Read Full Article
  • UK Judge: Who needs software patents?
    01/16/2006 1:41PM
    As reported by slashdot:* "C|Net has a surprising [story][1] about a seminar given by a top judge at the U.K.'s Court of Appeal who specializes in intellectual-property law. According to the article, he has "questioned whether software patents should be granted, and has criticized the U.S. for allowing & ... Read Full Article
  • The Patent Epidemic
    01/03/2006 4:16PM
    As reported on Slashdot: *"BusinessWeek is running an editorial titled [The Patent Epidemic][1], which chronicles not only how abusive and absurd our patent system has become for software and business method patents, but how it hurts even traditionally innovative fields such as the automobile industry. Intere ... Read Full Article
  • Cutting Through the Patent Thicket
    12/20/2005 4:11PM
    An article over at Business Week discusses from the point of a Venture Capitalist: "For over 200 years, the U.S. patent system has catalyzed economic growth and protected the national interest. Unfortunately, over the past few decades, patents have become irrelevant -- even harmful -- to the innovation proces ... Read Full Article
  • A Look at the US Patent System
    12/06/2005 12:39AM
    As reported by Slashdot: *"The LA Times published an interesting editorial on the [current state of our patent system][1]. From the article: 'on many levels, the U.S. patent system is profoundly flawed. Too many patents are issued for 'innovations' that are obvious, vague or already in wide use.' Online react ... Read Full Article
  • Microsoft Bows to Eolas, Revamps IE's Multimedia Handling
    12/03/2005 1:14PM
    As reported by Eweek: "The browser patent spat between Microsoft Corp. and Eolas Technologies took another twist Friday with an announcement from Redmond that it will change the way Internet Explorer handles embedded content on Web pages." You can [read the full article at eweek.com][1]. [1]: http ... Read Full Article
  • More on the Evil of the RIM Patent Dispute
    11/30/2005 10:58PM
    As reported through google news, clearly depicting the incredible evil that is the US Patent System: "NTP, a holding company and not a rival making its own products, would also benefit more from a settlement than from a BlackBerry shutdown." You can read [more about the insanity here.][1] [1]: htt ... Read Full Article
  • And the Damage Continues - EBay's Patent Case to be heard by the Supreme Court
    11/28/2005 5:24PM
    As reported by the Washington Post: "The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday that it would consider an appeal by online auctioneer eBay Inc. in a case that could determine when it is appropriate to grant an injunction against a patent infringer." The full article [can be read here][1]. [1]: http:// ... Read Full Article
  • Continuing Patent Silliness - More on the Blackberry Suit
    11/25/2005 1:20AM
    An article posted on Businessweek.com entitled: ["No BlackBerry, No Life "I'm addicted to this thing," says one CEO. But what if the connection shuts down? "][1] discusses the impact of the pending interruption to Blackberry service in the US. [1]: http://www.businessweek.com/ma ... Read Full Article
  • Supreme Court Rejects Microsoft Eolas Appeal
    11/01/2005 6:14PM
    As reported by slashdot.org: *"The U.S. Supreme Court [has decided not to hear a Microsoft appeal][1] in the software company's ongoing Web browsing patent dispute with the University of California and Eolas Technologies. The dispute arises over the Eolas patent for 'a system allowing a user of a browser prog ... Read Full Article
  • More XML-related patent silliness
    10/21/2005 2:31PM
    I don't even know what to say about this stuff any more: another company is now claiming that XML infringes on its patent.  At least the article mentions possible prior art.  SGML anyone? ... Read Full Article
  • More Painfully obvious patent insanity
    10/18/2005 9:53PM
    As reported on slashdot: *BCGI has been found guilty of [infringing on pay-as-you-go wireless][1] patents owned by Freedom Wireless. This means that cellular providers who use BCGI pay-as-you-go billing systems must immediately stop selling new service. For the next 90 days, as they wind down their service, they w ... Read Full Article
  • Oh No. This is terrible - Patent Board Eliminates "Technological Arts" Requirement For Business Method Patents
    10/17/2005 3:49PM
    Ummm, in the terrible news category: "From the article: *"Our determination is that there is currently no judicially recognized separate "technological arts" test to determine patent eligible subject matter under 101. We decline to create one. Therefore, it is apparent that the examiner's rejec ... Read Full Article
  • Royal Society Issues IP Charter
    10/16/2005 9:58PM
    From slashdot: *"The [Economist][1] and the [Guardian][2] both have stories about the release of t[he Adelphi Charter][3] an international blueprint for how intellectual property should be made by Britain's [Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce][4]. The Economist says The ... Read Full Article
  • 1/5 of All Human Genes Have Been Patented
    10/14/2005 3:54PM
    Ah, the lovely American totalitarian patent system where any idea can be owned for a fee. Another patent fiasco reported on Slashdot: *A story on National Geographic News cites a study claiming that 20% of all human genes '[have been patented in the United States, primarily by private firms and universities. ... Read Full Article